Viola Eckhoff

Viola Johnson Eckhoff, 95, of Minden passed away on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 at Bethany Home in Minden. 

Viola was born on April 22, 1924, in Hastings to Charles and Lelia Anderson. The family lived on a farm west of Minden for several years before moving to Minden.

She graduated from Minden High School with the Class of 1941.

On June 16, 1946, Viola was united in marriage to Harold Lewis Johnson in Minden. Viola and Harold were blessed with three daughters: Patricia, Mary, and Carol.

Viola was a homemaker for many years before returning to work at the First National Bank, Minden, until retirement in 1986. 

Viola was dedicated to her numerous volunteer activities including reading to elementary children, delivering Meals on Wheels, working for and organizing periodic blood drives, helping organize class reunions, providing support and guidance to several elderly friends, and many more.

She was very active in Minden’s First Presbyterian as well as the Westminster United Presbyterian Churches. Besides volunteering, Viola thoroughly enjoyed crocheting items for newborn babies, attending her grandchildren’s school activities, and spending time with her family. She also loved bowling and participated on a women’s league for 50 years!

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold L. Johnson; daughter, Mary Major and second husband, Francis Eckhoff.

Those left to cherish her memory include daughter, Patty (Tom) Hoffman of Ankeny, Iowa; daughter, Carol Bontz of Minden; and son-in-law, Jamie Major (Sandy) of Papillion. Viola had eight grandchildren: Kristi (Matt) Oltman, Erin Hoffman, Jenna (AJ) Lindstrom, Josh Bontz, Evan Major, Susannah Major, Krista (Travis) Stoecker, and Ryan Major. She also had four great-grandchildren: Kaden, Maryn, Oliver, and Elle.

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Craig Funeral Home of Minden was in charge of arrangements.