Violet Callahan, 90, Ellendale

Published 9:17 am Friday, February 3, 2012

A visitation for Violet Callahan, of Ellendale, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Ellendale. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Aiden Catholic Church in Ellendale with a visitation one hour prior. Father Swammi will officiate. Interment will be in the St. Aiden’s Cemetery.


Violet died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Homestead Hospice in Owatonna. She was 90 years old.

A Freeborn County resident all her life, Violet was born on May 9, 1921, in Albert Lea, to Harold and Jessie Stieler. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1939. Violet married Edward Callahan on May 7, 1941, at the St. Aiden Catholic Church in Bath, where both were members. They had many happy years together and had four beautiful children led to 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grand children. Violet’s happiest moments were when she was surrounded by her family. She played the organ in the church for many years and was a waitress in the Ellendale and Geneva area. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and crossword puzzles.

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Violet is survived by three of her children: Mike (Carlotta) Callahan of Mabel, Ron (Jacqui) Callahan of Ellendale and Ryan (Edna) Callahan of Ellendale; son-in-law, Art Alders of Clarks Grove; brother, Rolland (Kay) Stieler of Kalispell, Mont.; brother-in-law, Phil (Betty) Callahan of Albert Lea; sister-in-laws: Doris Callahan of Albert Lea, Anne A. Casterson of Albert Lea and Phyllis Stieler of Albert Lea; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Violet is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Jessie Stieler; husband, Edward Callahan; daughter, Edona Alders; brother, Jack Stieler; and sister, Lorraine Babcock.