Viola V. Himsel, 83, Jasper

viola-himselViola V. Himsel, 83, of Jasper, died Wednesday (December 28) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born in Jasper November 28, 1933, to Oscar, Sr. and Ellanora (Vonderheide) Recker. She married James C. Himsel April 17, 1953.

Viola was a caregiver most of her life, taking care of the elderly in the area. She was a social worker in area nursing homes and an emergency medical technician. She was an avid quilter and gifted many quilts to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, James C. Himsel; six daughters, Wanda Haas, Jasper, Mary Hohl, Santa Claus, Angela Himsel Sacks and husband Selig, New York, New York, Elizabeth Eblen and husband Doug, Greenwood, Sarah Burcon and husband David, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Rachael Himsel, Bloomington; four sons, James R. Himsel and Edward Himsel and wife Kathy, all of Jasper, Paul Himsel, Terre Haute, and John Himsel , Dubois; 25 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rita Mae Purcell, Sacramento, California, Linda Lampert and husband Dennis, Jasper, and Susie Leinenbach and husband Pat, Bretzville; and one brother, James Recker, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one daughter, Abby Himsel, two grandchildren, Phillip Haas and Nina Marie Himsel, one brother, Oscar Recker, Jr., and one sister, Shirley Fischer.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Redemption Christian Church in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the church with burial following in Community Cemetery in Haysville.

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