Obituary for Viola R. Plekkenpol

Viola Ruth (Buetow) Plekkenpol, age 84, of Cologne, died on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Viola Ruth Plekkenpol was born May 10, 1936 to her parents Raymond and Ida (Gruenhagen) Buetow in Dahlgren Township. She was baptized May 31, 1936 and Confirmed in her Christian faith on April 2, 1950 at Zion Lutheran Church and school, rural Cologne, by Reverend John E. Melchert. This is where she would marry Clifford C. Plekkenpol of Shakopee on June 18, 1960. In 1967 they moved from Shakopee to East Union where they bought their farm, raised five children, worked together and shared 60 years of marriage. Viola worked for eight years as a secretary for the Pioneer Telephone Company in Waconia. She was a faithful member of St. Johns Lutheran Church of Chaska where she helped with funerals. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, old time music, baking cookies, family gatherings and time spending with her precious grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Ida Buetow; infant brother, Clayton Buetow; brother, Earl Buetow; and sister and brother in law, Bernette (Buetow) and Harold Sauter, along with other relatives and friends.

Viola is survived by devoted husband, Clifford Plekkenpol; children, Karen (Tom) Neubarth of Arlington, John (Sharon) Plekkenpol of Cologne, Susan (Marvin) Theis of Shakopee, Lois (Todd) Manteuffel of Cologne and Dale Plekkenpol of Cologne; sister in law, Inez Buetow of Cologne; brother, Ralph (Carol) Buetow of Cologne; sister in law, Harriet Plekkenpol of Shakopee; brother in laws Donald Plekkenpol of Carver and Kenneth Plekkenpol of Shakopee; brother and sister in law Dallas and Marion Plekkenpol of Shakopee; and eight grandchildren. Also survived by Chris and Kailan Dana-Johnson, their children Ashlyn, Brooke, CJ and Davis of Carver, and grandson in law Tom Thuente of Shakopee and soon to be great grandson due in February; along with many nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers are grandchildren: Shawn Neubarth, Karl Neubarth, Owen Theis, Eric Theis, Nicole Thuente, Lauren Manteuffel and Rebecca Manteuffel. Private funeral arrangements at Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska, due to ongoing pandemic. The burial will be at St. John's Lutheran Church, Chaska. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to either St. John's Lutheran Church or the family.

Funeral arrangements are with the

Bertas Funeral Home of Chaska.

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