Viola Pittman, 89, Owatonna
Viola Anna Oeltjenbruns Pittman born June 6, 1927, in Somerset Township passed on Nov. 9, 2015, at the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.
Viola was the daughter of Fred and Emma Oeltjenbruns. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna on July 10, 1921, and her sponsors were Anna Robeolteman and Johnanna Oeltjenbruns. Viola was confirmed June 7, 1942.
She married Kenneth F. Pittman on June 4, 1946. They lived near Bixby on the family farm where they milked cows, raised hogs, ducks and chickens until 1993. They lived on the farm until they moved into Owatonna in August of 2011.
Viola enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and especially having her family and grandchildren around her.
The holidays were always a special time for her to spend with her family, with Christmas being her favorite. She had a very strong influence on her children and grandchildren. Viola was a life-long member of St. John’s American Lutheran and strong in her faith.
Viola is survived by two daughters Carol Kubat (Leslie Ash) of Albert Lea and Janice (Timothy Wenzel) of New Richland; four sons Donald (special friend Patty Kobriger) of Owatonna, Steven (Theresa) of Owatonna, Rodney (Cindy) Pittman of Blooming Prairie and Roger (Erin) of rural Bixby; 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters Marcella (Alton) Tuttle and Arlene Sahl; brother Lester (Betty) Oeltjenbruns; sister-in-law Rosa Kruckeberg; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband Kenneth Pittman; parents Fred and Emma Oeltjenbruns; brothers Fredrick, Walter, Milton and Lawrence Oeltjenbruns; grandson Tyler Pittman; two sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.
The visitation for Viola was held on Nov. 12, 2015. The funeral service was held at St. John Lutheran Church on Nov. 13, 2015, with Pastor Dave Klawiter officiating. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery, Owatonna. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. John Radio Fund, St. John Organ Fund and Homestead Hospice House.