Vivian Doris Harpel, 95, Blooming Prairie

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 25, 2003

The funeral service for Vivian Doris Harpel will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at United Methodist Church in Geneva. The Rev. Gary Liker will officiate. Burial will be in Geneva Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Ellendale and one hour before the service at the church.

Vivian died on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at Prairie Manor Care Center, Blooming Prairie, where she had lived since March 2003. She was 95 years old.

Vivian was born in rural Ellendale on Feb. 3, 1908, the daughter of Eber R. and Asena M. (Holmes) Randall. She was a graduate of Ellendale High School where she had played on the girls’ basketball team in 1925-26. They won the state tournament in 1925.

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On Feb. 22, 1928, she was united in marriage with Orville Harpel at her parents’ home in rural Ellendale. She was a member of the Geneva Methodist Church and had been active as a Sunday School teacher, secretary of the UMW and as a Sunshine Lady.

Vivian was a member of the Tuesday Club in Geneva and the Oak Street Club in Ellendale for many years. She enjoyed crocheting and traveling; she and her husband had done European tours, Hawaii, Alaska, many other states and world fairs. She was especially fond of time spent with her grandchildren.

Vivian is survived by her daughter, Lily M. Neitzell and her husband Jerry of Ellendale; 14 grandchildren, Cheryl Harpel, Kim (Kevin Johnson) Harpel, Joni (Jeff) Borchert, Tammy (Burt) Neilson, Jack (Kari) Harpel, Gene (Gayle) Anderson, Orville (Nancy) Anderson, Pam (Larry) Robinette, Henry Anderson, Penny Anderson, LaMar Anderson, Rhonda Sather, Lee (Patti) Neitzell, Roger (Ninette) Neitzell; and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville in 1983; daughter, Ramona Anderson; son, Eber Harpel; grandson, Scott Anderson; twin granddaughters in infancy, Pamela Kay and Paula Rae Neitzell; four brothers; and one sister.

Vivian will be greatly missed by her family and ffiends. Blessed be her memory.