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    Oklee - Viola Kvasager, 73, of Oklee, died on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D., with her loving daughter, Rachel at her side.
    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 6, at Salem Lutheran Church, Oklee, with Rev. Margaret Jacobus officiating. Casket bearers include Steven Kvasager, Jeff Kvasager, Rex Kvasager, Isaac Kvasager, Brendan Ydstie, Luke Kvasager and David Klein. Honorary casket bearers include Viola’s remaining grandchildren.  Burial will follow at Salem Church Cemetery.
    Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Thursday, July 5, at Johnson Funeral Service, Oklee.  Visitation will also be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday at the church.
    Viola Emily Klein was born on Sept. 4, 1938 in Warwick, N.D., the daughter of Frederick Wilhelm and Esther Josephine (Peterson) Klein. She was baptized on Dec. 10, 1950 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer, and confirmed on Oct. 4, 1953 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer. She spent her first two years of school in Oklee, and the rest of the years in Plummer, graduating from Pershing High School in 1957.  
    Following school, Viola went to Fargo to work for one year, and then attended Teachers Training in Thief River Falls.  Then she taught country school at Radium and in the Goodridge area. While attending school in Thief River Falls, Viola met her future husband, Bjarne Kvasager.
    The couple was married on March 24, 1962 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plummer.  They lived in St. Paul for the first year following their marriage and then purchased the Kvasager farm in Equality Township, Red Lake County, from Bjarne’s parents where they have continued to reside.
    Viola’s passion was working with the elderly and Alzheimer’s patients. She worked various jobs through her life including McIntosh Manor, Hillcrest Nursing Home, and home health care.  
    Viola’s favorite pastime was art, mainly oil paintings and sketches. Viola was very artistic, determined, and imaginative, and did not like to draw any attention to herself. Her eye for art carried over to all aspects of her life; she looked at things from an artist’s eye. That goes with her husband, kids, home, yard, rock garden, or her trail through the woods. She had a bit of a fascination with how things have changed throughout her lifetime. She had an innocent soul. Viola enjoyed spending time with her family whatever that might be, from going to the Star Wars movies with her son, or talking with her daughters about everything from decorating to spirituality.  She also loved animals, especially cats.
    She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church where she was active with the Ladies Aide.  
    Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Bjarne of Oklee;  children, Steven (Cynthia) Kvasager of Oklee, Julie (Brad) Ydstie of Hillsboro, N.D., Jeff (Kerri) Kvasager of Cottage Grove, Rachel Salberg of Grand Forks, N.D.; grandchildren, Rex Kvasager, Isaac (Danielle) Kvasager, Tera Ydstie,  Brendan Ydstie, Luke, Jack and Toby Kvasager; siblings, Vernon (Jeanette) Klein of Satellite Beach, Fla., Carl (Teresa) Klein of Jonesborough, Tenn., Laura (Clyde) Moen of Thief River Falls; sister-in-law, Fe Klein of Seattle, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Arlo Klein, Roberta Klein, and infant brother, Gordon Klein.
    Condolences may be sent to the Kvasager family at:  www.johnsonfuneral