In Memory of Violet A Wunschel

Violet A Wunschel
Violet A Wunschel
Born: March 27, 1930
Died: June 15, 2018
Age: 88
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Violet A Wunschel
March 27, 1930 - June 15, 2018
From: Odebolt, IA

Violet A. Wunschel, age 88, of Odebolt, Iowa passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018, at the Black Hawk Life Care Center of Lake View, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. David Viggers will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Wall Lake Cemetery of Wall Lake, Iowa. A Visitation will be held one-hour prior from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Violet “Vi” Wunschel was born on March 27, 1930, in Arthur, Iowa to Jesse and Grace (Lincoln) Thevenot. In her early years, she was raised on a farm north of Arthur. She helped with many farm chores and loved to ride her horse.

Violet attended high school in Arthur, Iowa, where she enjoyed playing basketball. She graduated valedictorian of her class.

On May 29, 1949, she married Delbert Eugene Wunschel at the Arthur Methodist Church in Arthur, Iowa. The couple resided on a farm between Arthur and Odebolt. This union was blessed with two children: Sally and Julie. The couple moved to Odebolt in the fall of 1969.

Violet loved to do embroidery work and many of her tea towels are used in family and friend’s kitchens. She loved to read and in her later years could be seen with a book in her hand. She also volunteered and served on the Friends of the Library group in Odebolt. Violet was an active participant in the Odebolt Nursing Home Auxiliary. She loved to go to the nursing home and play the organ or piano for the residents. She also enjoyed playing cards.

Family was an important part of Violet’s life. She enjoyed hearing about her grandchildren’s activities.  She also attended as many activities as she could, as well as activities of her nieces and nephew’s families.

Left to cherish her memory are her two children:  Sally (Dale) Nellis of Ankeny, IA; Julie (Bob) Foley of Salem, OR; 4 grandchildren: Jason (Ann) Nellis, of Austin, TX; Heather (Sean) Lynam, Ankeny, IA; Jenna (Justin) Greenbaum of Bala Cynwyd, PA; Max Barnes of Tualatin, OR; 4 great grandchildren: Owen Nellis, Keelyn Lynam, Easton Lynam and William Bear Barnes; sister Jane Howard of Sioux City, IA; many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Grace Thevenot; her husband Delbert Wunschel; a stillborn son; parents-in-law Louis and Marie Wunschel; brothers Chester Thevenot and Ross Thevenot; sisters Mildred Noll and Marge Lippincott.



11:00 a.m., Friday,
June 22, 2018
Trinity Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Rev. David Viggers 


Jason Nellis
Heather Lynam
Jenna Greenbaum
Max Barnes


10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Friday,
June 22, 2018
Trinity Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Recorded Selections

"On Eagle's Wings"
"I Can Only Imagine"
"May The Good Lord Bless & Keep You"


Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 10:13 AM
“Sally and Julia- I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Whenever I saw your mother in previous years, she always had time to visit and showed interest in my family. She is the last of a very special family, I have many memories. And Sally you became a part of ours when you worked for my folks. May you know comfort in your time of sorrow. ”
- Gloria Clark Sykes
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 4:27 PM
“While it has been many years since i attended Odebolt-Arthur School I recall Sally as a classmate-would be the Class 69 and I graduated Spencer, Iowa school 69 Regardless weather you remember me or not my sincere condolences to you all and family”
- Raymond Russell
Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10:14 AM
“Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. I will miss seeing your mom at Black Hawk Care Center. She always spoke when our bell choir would go to the center to play. ”
- Diane Schroeder
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