Viola W. M. Strout

DIMMICK TOWNSHIP - Viola Wilhelmina Maria (Immel) Strout, 102, of Dimmick Township, passed away June 27, 2020 at her home.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home, Peru.

Viola was born Oct. 5, 1917 to Harry and Ida (Schrowang) Immel. She married David Strout of rural LaSalle on Oct. 15, 1944 and they celebrated their 65th anniversary shortly before he passed away in 2009.

Survivors include three daughters, Marilyn Luck of Palm Coast, Fla., Rev. Janette Scott of Des Moines, Iowa and Debra Strout of Rockford; three grandchildren, Susan O’Brien, Elisabeth Czarnecki and Darrin Flessner; five great-grandchildren, Madeleine, Emily, Garrett, Grant and Grace; and one sister, Ruth Gehm of Peru.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one brother, Harry Immel.

Viola was raised on a farm outside Granville. She attended schools in Granville where she graduated from Hopkins High School in 1935 and then from L-P-O (LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby) Junior College in 1937. She worked at LaSalle National Bank until her marriage. The couple lived and farmed near Compton for four years before moving to the Strout farm in Dimmick Township north of LaSalle where they lived and farmed. They both had an abiding love and respect for the land. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and the world and were ever mindful of the beauty and bountiful resources of this earth. When their youngest daughter entered LaSalle-Peru High School, Viola returned to work at LaSalle National Bank until retirement. Viola loved all types of music and she and her sister, Ruth enjoyed performing on the Dinner Bell Program on WLS, Chicago. She was an organist and choir director at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Peru for many years and was a piano accompanist for various other organizations, including The Dimmick Dizzy Dolls.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Peru or to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Chicago.

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