Viola Jessie (Fischer) Lang

April 12, 1925-April 24, 2021

Viola Jessie (Fischer) Lang, age 96, of Winthrop, MN died peacefully surrounded by family in her home on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Funeral Service will be Saturday, May 8, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop with interment in the Winthrop Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, May 8, 2021, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop.

Viola Jessie Lang was born in Lafayette Township, Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925, to Henry and Emma Johns Fischer. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Brighton Township, Nicollet County, MN. The family farmed east of Klossner. Viola completed her 8th grade education at District 31 in Brighton Township. In her later teen years, she lived and worked in New Ulm at the Dakota Hotel and the Beehive Variety Store.

Viola met her husband, Arnold Lang at the Golden Rule Ballroom/Klossner House. They later married on September 30, 1944, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Brighton Township. Viola and Arnold resided in New Ulm until 1951 when they moved to rural Winthrop, where they raised their three children, Rhonda, Monte, and Brenda. Viola and Arnold enjoyed dances, playing cards, and attending community events together.

Together they farmed and ran a large hog operation until Arnold passed away suddenly at age 60 on February 24, 1981. She continued to farm with her son, Monte, until 1987. In 1982, Viola obtained her GED and Nursing Assistant Certification. She was employed at Sibley County Public Health and the Winthrop Good Samaritan Center, retiring at the age of 78. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels many years after.

Viola loved her home and farm place, welcoming all three children, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, along with other family and friends. Her hobbies included gardening and tending to her flowers, sewing, crossword puzzles, dominoes, and playing cards. She also enjoyed mowing lawn until she was 90 years old. Viola loved her pets, Buddy, Lizzie and Max, who kept her entertained daily.

Viola has lived on her farm for 70 years. The last five years, Viola was cared for by her daughter, Brenda, and other family members in her own home until her passing on April 24, 2021. She was be sadly missed.

Viola is survived by her children, Rhonda (Larry) Steinberg of Garfield, MN, Monte (Diane) Lang of Vadnais Heights, MN, and Brenda Lang of Winthrop, MN; grandchildren, Jon (Leigh) Werner, Adrienne Eklund (Roger Hatcher), Aaron Lang, Amelia Lang Harden, Paul (Renae) Schwarzrock, Jan (Brian) Schwarzrock-Carlson, Mark Schwarzrock (Nicole Miller); 12 great-grandchildren, Nora, Jack, Ty, Wyatt, Ian, Kurt, Ryder, Owen, Jada, Kora, Josie, and Joslyn; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by parents, Henry and Emma Fischer; husband, Arnold Lang; siblings, Edna (Jake) Klossner, Waldemar (Myrt) Fischer, Violet (Roy) Haas; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alfred (Thresia) Lang; in-laws, Norbert (Alma) Lang, Raymond (Clara) Lang, Lauretta (Stan) Sporer, Walter (Lucille) Lang, and Agnes (Art) Meier.

Arrangements by Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop, MN. Online obituary and guest book available at


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