Violet Kissling, 94, Holland

Violet KisslingViolet Kissling, 94, of Holland, died Monday (July 7) at The Waters of Huntingburg Nursing Center in Huntingburg. She was born January 24, 1920, in Holland to Herbert and Anna (Kaetzel) Hemmer. She married Jesse C. Kissling October 21, 1941, at her parent’s home. The bride’s uncle, Rev. Sam Kaetzel, performed the ceremony. Jesse Kissling died July 27, 1988.

Violet was a member of the Holland United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women’s Society, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Chapter No. 77, past president of VFW. Auxiliary Post No. 2366 in Huntingburg; former secretary/treasurer of American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 343 in Holland; and former secretary of the Holland Senior Citizens.  She did volunteer work and enjoyed quilting, having pieced together many quilts. She worked five years as a Star Route mail carrier and was a correspondent for The Dubois County Herald where she wrote the “Holland News” column for many years.

She is survived by one daughter, Doris Eck and husband James, Otwell; four sons, James Kissling and wife Jo, Indianapolis, Clyde Kissling and wife Sue Ann, Holland, and Ray Kissling and wife Janet and Glen Kissling and wife Connie, all of Huntingburg; two brothers, Charles Hemmer and wife Jean, Nashville, Tennessee, and Alfred Hemmer and wife Martha, Santa Claus; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Springstone and Helen Heady, and one brother, Paul Hemmer.

Services at 11 a.m. (EDT) Thursday at Holland United Methodist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Joe Kamman and Rev. Keith Chanley will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Nass and Son Funeral Home in Huntingburg, and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the church. A combined VFW. Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to the Holland United Methodist Church. Condolences may be shared with the family online at

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