CHARLES CITY — Viola “Vi” Kingery, 85, of Charles City, died from complications of ALS on Friday, June 9, 2017, at the 9th Street Chautauqua Guest Home in Charles City.
Funeral services for Viola Kingery will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Pastor Jim Beranek will officiate. Burial will take place at Westside Cemetery in Marble Rock.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017 at Hauser Funeral Home and will also be one hour before the service at the church on Tuesday.
Viola “Vi” Blanche (Blum) Kingery was born November 27, 1931 to Lester and Blanche (Paideer) Blum in Union Township in Floyd County. Vi grew up in Marble Rock and graduated from Marble Rock High School.
On May 27, 1949, she was united in marriage to Gerald “Bud” Kingery. To this union four children were born: Barb, Judy, Kim and Kevin . Vi was a homemaker for her family. She was also a 4-H leader for her children’s 4-H groups, an Avon saleswoman for many years, and an employee at Sears for a time. The Kingery family farmed south of Charles City until 1991 at which time they moved to Charles City.
Vi was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she was involved in the church’s women’s ministries and MIDI’s. She was also a member of Birthday Club, and Cedar Side Neighborhood Club. Vi loved to play cards, specifically 500, bowl, garden and golf. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and was ready to drop anything to watch a Hawkeye basketball game. In their younger years Vi and Bud would go square dancing in Marble Rock, and later on, to dances in Janesville at the Riviera Ballroom. Vi and Bud spent many winters in Texas and had a whole network of friends who felt like family there. Vi’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were very important to her and will always remember the family Christmas’ spent at her house.
Vi is survived by four children: Barb (Rich) Stewart of Floyd, Judy (Dave) Kock of Fort Atkinson, Kim (Doug) Bohlen of Charles City and Kevin (Kim) Kingery of Greene; eight grandchildren: Kasey Stewart, Brad (Ann) Cook, Brent (Nikki) Kock, Craig (Libbie) Kock, Brian (Kelli) Bohlen, Dan (Sheena) Bohlen, Erin (Justin) Jensen, and Heather (Jesse) Gifford; 17 great grandchildren: Carter Cook, Claire Cook, Joey Kock, Andy Kock, Carson Kock, Camren Kock, Cael Bohlen, Emerson Bohlen, Ellie Bohlen, Jackson Jensen, Lillian Gifford, Piper Bohlen, Evelyn Kock, Oliver Jensen, Archer Bohlen, Charlie Kock, and Mila Gifford; and sister: Jeanne Blum.
She was preceded in death by her parents; step mother: Muriel Blum; husband Gerald “Bud” Kingery in 2012; one great granddaughter: Elliana Kock; and brother: Eugene Blum.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to charity of donor’s choice.