Greenbush - Mass of Christian Burial for Violet Lenore Sikorski will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush with Fr. Luis Buitron presiding. Eucharistic Ministers for the Mass are Collette Mooney and Rachel Lund and the Mass servers are Ely and Ethan Novacek. Casket bearers include Brian Jacobson, Jason Aarestad, Joe Linder, Jesse Linder, Nick Straw, and Josh Sorenson.
Visitation will be held after 6 p.m. Wednesday, at the Collins Funeral Chapel in Greenbush, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and Rosary to follow. Visitation will also be held prior to services at the church. Interment services will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Cemetery of Greenbush later in the spring.
Violet Lenore Sikorski was born on May 20, 1923 to August and Mary Florence (Bushie) Pearson in Juneberry Township, Roseau County.
She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Oiland Lutheran Church of rural Greenbush and attended county school in Juneberry.
Following school, she stayed home for a few years to help on her family’s farm before going to work at Keeney farms as a cook and housekeeper. She later moved to Grand Forks where she was employed at St. Michaels Hospital for a brief period.
She was confirmed into the Catholic faith and was united in marriage to Henry Sikorski at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush on February 7, 1945 and the two made their home, farmed, and raised their family in Juneberry. She and Henry also owned and operated “The Little Hotel” in Greenbush for a number of years.
Henry passed away in 1996 and Violet remained on the farm for a brief period before moving into Greenbush, where she resided until entering The Meadows assisted living in Karlstad in 2012 and then moving into the Karlstad Heathcare Center in 2013 where she passed away at the age of 90 years, 9 months, and 14 days.
Violet was a past member of Oiland Lutheran Church, St. Aloysius Catholic Church, fire warden for Juneberry Township, and a current member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Greenbush.
She enjoyed gardening, picking berries, canning, and working with all of her animals on her farm.
Violet is survived by three daughters: Phyllis Aarestad of Thief River Falls, Marilyn Kharouf of Prole, Iowa, and Sally (Pete) Beito of Lancaster; 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandsons; one sister, Donna (Harold) Haynes of Anchorage, Alaska; sister-in-law Darlene Pearson of Merrimac, Wis.; son-in-law Jimmy Linder; along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one son Jerry; one daughter Joan Linder; three brothers, Clifford, Floyd, and Lloyd Pearson; one sister (in infancy), and son-in-laws Kenny Aarestad and Bob Kharouf.
An online guest book is available at www.collinsfunerals.com. Arrangements are with Collins Funeral Home of Greenbush.