Violet Joppru, 87 of Thief River Falls, MN passed away peacefully with her loving family at her side, on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, MN.

The service to celebrate Violet’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. Ale Tulu officiating. Burial will be at Satersdal Cemetery, Excel Township, Marshall County, MN. Visitation will be held 5:00 PM until 7:00 with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service at Zion Lutheran Church.

Violet (Vi) Eunice Knutson was born on August 22, 1932, to John and Clara (Breiland) Knutson at Oklee, Minnesota.  Violet was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in rural Oklee.  She attended school in Oklee, Minnesota, and graduated from high school in 1950.  Upon graduation, she attended teacher’s college and taught school for some time in North Dakota.

Violet returned to Thief River Falls and started working at the Union State Bank.  She met Sander Joppru while working there.  After a brief courtship, Vi and Sander were married on December 19, 1953, at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.  They resided in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and raised six children: Ricky, Renae, Kim, Candy, Danny and Debra.  Violet stayed at home to raise her children. Once they were old enough to attend school, she began working at Arctic Cat.  She retired in 1998.

Violet enjoyed working outdoors mowing lawn and tending to her gardens.  Vi and Sander raised huge vegetable gardens which they shared with family and friends.  Violet canned many of her vegetables and canned a variety of pickles.  Violet grew beautiful flowers and had many flower beds.  She also loved to cook and bake.  Violet made wonderful buns, bread and rolls.  She made delicious roasts and always made the best gravy.  Her potato dumplings were perfect!  Violet always hosted the holidays for her children and grandchildren.

In the winter, Violet spent her time crocheting and quilting. She made each of her children and grandchildren a very special hand-sewn quilt unique to each of them.

Violet’s favorite saying was “I can’t complain.”  She loved sitting around the kitchen table, having coffee, visiting with family and friends and laughing.

Over the years, Violet was a caretaker for her father-in-law, Oscar Joppru, Elmer Latta and her mother, Clara Knutson.

Violet is survived by her six children:  Ricky (Ceci Castrillon) Joppru, Medellin, Colombia, South America, Renae (Terry) Tollefson, Lino Lakes, MN, Kim (Jim) Johnsrud, Goodridge, MN, Candy (Bill) Juergens, Lino Lakes, MN, Danny (Jan) Joppru, Embarrass, MN, and Deb (Joe) Basil, Golden Valley, MN. Grandchildren:  Peter Joppru, Melly Sierra, Ryan (Lisa) Tollefson, Adam Tollefson, Nate (Kelly) Tollefson, Crystelle (Brent) Philipp, Andrea (Javen) Eidsmoe, Kjell (Brandy) Johnsrud, Will Juergens, Anne Juergens, Alex (Alyssa) Joppru, Colin (Katherine) Basil, Hannah Basil, and Katie Basil. Great Grandchildren:  Olivia and Mya Tollefson, Nate Garrett and Luke Tollefson, Rowen and Easton Tollefson, Elliot and Norah Philipp, Sophia, Thomas and Katelynn Eidsmoe, Bailey and Brooks Johnsrud, Asher and Andee Joppru. Sisters: Lillie (Ardell) Thoreson and Carol Geiger.  Brother-in-law, Richard (Kaye) Joppru and sister-in-law, Marian Joppru. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends and special friend, Esther Collins.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, Sander Joppru, sister, Delores (John) Olson, brother, Sherman (Jean) Knutson.  Brothers-in-law:  Ted Joppru, Alfred Joppru, Ole (Gertie) Joppru, Art (Evelyn) Joppru, Melvin (Mildred) Joppru, Orville Joppru and Clarence (Evie) Joppru. Sisters-in-law: Alma (Henry) Oen and Margaret (Art) Taylor, and special friend, Jenny Olson.

Violet’s family deeply appreciates the kindness and compassion provided by the wonderful staff of Valley Home in Thief River Falls and Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine.



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