Viola Schmidgall went to be with Jesus on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. She lived in Tiskilwa for 52 years and was a resident of Colonial Care Center for six years.
Viola was born to Albert and Isabele (Spohn) Albrecht on Jan. 26, 1917, in Ohio, Ill. She married Gilbert Beams of Ohio in 1935. He passed away in 1962. She later married Ed Schmidgall of Morton in 1966. He passed away in 2005.
Viola was a caring wife, mother and grandmother. She was a homemaker, seamstress and floral arranger. She enjoyed farm life, nature, their dogs and cats, gardening, creating beautiful floral arrangements, cooking and baking. Especially remembered will be her wheat bread, sweet potatoes, rolls and sweet pickles. Viola helped with activities at their fair and at tractor shows. She enjoyed music and played the organ. When a keyboard player shared beautiful music at Colonial Care Center, she said, "Music — inside I feel alive and enjoy it (music) so much." We thank that musician and all the caregivers there.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Floyd Albrecht and Clifford Albrecht of Amboy; and her daughters-in-law, Catherine Beams and Eleanor Beams.
Surviving are her son, Delmar Beams; her granddaughter, Leslee Beams-Stacker; her grandson-in-law, David Stacker; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be Monday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with Pastor Mark Schmidgall officiating. The visitation will be at 10 a.m. with the service following at 11 a.m. Viola attended the Christian Apostolic Church in Forrest.
Memorials may be directed to the Tiskilwa Ambulance Department.