Violet Maye Ressler, 89, Mandan, passed away Sept. 19, 2018, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck. A funeral service was held Sept. 25 at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with the Rev. Christina Martin officiating. Burial was at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Violet was born May 30, 1929, to William and Katherine (Schleining) Pulkrabek in Mandan and was raised on the family farm southwest of town. Violet attended Highland Country School. Growing up on the farm, she worked alongside her father and brothers. At 18 years old, she moved in with a girlfriend in Mandan and worked at Ben Franklin. While walking to and from work, she did not know the man she would spend the next 70 years with had his eye on her. They were introduced by her roommate at a restaurant in Mandan.
On May 1, 1948, Violet and Edward Ressler were united in marriage at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mandan. Both were employed at Mandan Beverage, where she worked in the candy department. Together, they raised four children.
Violet was a gifted homemaker with many talents. Some hobbies she enjoyed were being a seamstress, a cook, a baker and a gardener who canned the fruits of her labor. Music was an important part of her life. She was blessed with the gift to sit down at a piano or organ, or pick up an accordion or harmonica and play a tune that was requested; if she didn’t know the song, she would ask the person to hum it and she could play it. Her sense of humor was addicting. Being a strong woman, she continued helping with fieldwork after her brother took over the family farm, during the summer while her children grew.
One of her biggest joys were her grandchildren who she loved and cared for as if they were her own. “Grandma Vi” was their biggest fan as she followed every sporting event they participated in. Violet had the gift to “gab," including having long conversations with anyone who called the wrong number.
Violet is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 70 years, Edward, Mandan; sons, Darrel, Hettinger, and Darby, Mandan; daughters, Karen (Mark) Pantaleone, Grassy Butte, and Benji (Peter) Lillestol, Bismarck; three grandsons, Shane Dockter, Ian Easton (Sarah Elmer) and Tony Anderson; one granddaughter, Andrea Feldman; four great-grandsons, Damon, Darion, Drayden and Drayce Dockter; two great-great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews. Also, special friends, Rose Haugen, Anna Lee Kopp and Helen Singer.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Donald and Ronald; and sister, Virginia Schwartz.
The family would like to thank Dr. Tony Tello and Tara Curtis Haberlock for their many years of loving care. A special thank-you to the staff of Marion Manor, Glen Ullin, and Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center for their kindness, patience and devotion in caring for her.
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