January 27, 2014


Violet "Vi" Josephine Clemsen, 88, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.

Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Central Church in Carroll, conducted by Pastor Ryan Gallegos

Interment was at Arlington Heights Cemetery in Audubon.

Honorary casket bearers were Angie Bush, Kris Sieverding, Kati Anderson, Jacqueline Sklenar, Josie Ehlers, Andrea Gleason, Abby Stern and Meg Gleason. Casket bearers were Chad Bush, Jerrod Sieverding, Ryan Anderson, Nick Sklenar, Cody Ehlers, Dustin Gleason, Andy Stern and Chad Gleason.

Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of arrangements.

Violet "Vi" Josephine Clemsen, daughter of Ora W. and Minnie (Buckner) Fancher, was born Oct. 22, 1925, at her parents' home in Cameron Township, Audubon County, Iowa.

Violet attended rural school in Cameron Township and then helped at home.

On Dec. 14, 1944, she married Virgil Lavern Clemsen at her parents' home in Cameron Township, Audubon County. Three daughters: Vickie, Virlee and Vilinda were born to this union. Virgil was inducted into the U.S. Army on Feb. 2, 1945. They moved to Tyler, Texas, where Virgil was stationed. Virgil was discharged on June 15, 1945, and they returned to Iowa. Virg and Vi operated a farm in Viola Township, Audubon County, for 17 years, and then purchased a farm in Cameron Township where they grew row crops and raised livestock until they retired. In 1985, they moved into Audubon. In November 2011, they moved to Carroll, Iowa, and later moved to Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids, Iowa. Virgil died April 11, 2013.

Violet and Virgil were baptized and were active members of Central Church in Carroll. Violet was a wonderful homemaker and an excellent cook and seamstress. She enjoyed sharing not only her gift of music, but also her faith with family and friends. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very important to her. She was an encourager, and her one wish in her later years was to know that all her dear ones know the Lord.

Survivors include her daughters: Vickie and husband Frank Jorgensen of Carroll, Iowa; Virlee and husband John Sklenar of Carroll, Iowa; Vilinda and husband Doug Gleason of Audubon, Iowa; her grandchildren: Angie and husband Chad Bush of Des Moines, Iowa; Kris and husband Jerrod Sieverding of Johnston, Iowa; Kati and husband Ryan Anderson of Des Moines, Iowa; Nick and wife Jacky Sklenar of Glidden, Iowa; Josie and husband Cody Ehlers of Tampa, Fla.; Dustin and wife Andrea Gleason of Audubon, Iowa; Abby and husband Andy Stern of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chad and wife Meg Gleason of Audubon, Iowa; 14 great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law: Rosa Clemsen of Exira, Iowa; Minnie Fancher of Brookings, Ore.; Lavaun Fancher of Audubon, Iowa; her brother-in-law Lyle and wife Jane Clemsen of Fort Dodge, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death was her husband Virgil L. Clemsen; her parents; her brothers: Jesse Fancher and Glenn Fancher; her sister Olive and husband Dale Westphalen; her sister-in-law LaVonne and husband Leroy Glissman; and her brother-in-law Glen Clemsen.