Viola R. Vierheller, 86, of Dover, died Sunday, June 27, 2010 in Union Hospital.
She was born June 3, 1924, the daughter of the late Basilio & Benigna Pace Rondinella.
Over the years, Viola worked a variety of jobs. During World War II she was employed by the Timken Spark Plug Plant and later spent more than 15 years as a picker for US Ceramic Tile at East Sparta. Between living in Dover and time spent living in Florida, Viola also worked for a variety of food service companies. Admittedly, her favorite job was helping her brother with the operation of "The Cabin," a former Dover restaurant.
She attended St. Joseph School, and was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church at Dover. She was a founding member of the 7th Street Tigers, and proud to have been the only female card-carrying member.
Her husband, Jacob "Jiggs" Vierheller, survives. The two would have celebrated 36 years of marriage on July 3.
Other surviving family members include: a daughter, Bonnie (David) Antonelli of Dover; and son, John (Eileen) Carruthers of New Philadelphia; 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren; siblings, Anthony (Irene) Cercone, Vincent (Evelyn) Rondinella, and Theodore (Mary) Rondinella; brother-in-law, Reynold Casimir; and sister-in-law JoAnn Rondinella.
Also surviving are step-children, Donna (Cliff) Berentz, Robert Vierheller, Kay (Gary) Renner, Marla (Vern) McDonald, and Gary (Judy) Rankin; along with numerous step grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.
Along with her parents, Viola was also preceded in death by: siblings, Palmerino "Pam" & Antonette Cercone, Margaret & Frank Conidi, Erminia & Pete Monticelli, Umberto "Lou" Cercone, Ross Rondinella, and Clara Casimir, step-child Harry (Gloria) Holderman; and 3 step-grandchildren.
A funeral mass in celebration of Viola's life will be held Thursday, July 1 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, Dover. Fr. Matt Hoover will officiate. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery at Dover with a meal following in the Toland-Herzig Monarch Center. Friends may call in the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home, Dover on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. Christian Wake services will be held at 7:45 p.m.
Those unable to attend or wishing to share a fond memory may sign the online register for Viola by visiting the obituaries link on the funeral home's website.
The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Rainbow Connection, 123 S. Wooster Ave., Dover or the "Skip" Rondinella Scholarship, c/o Tuscarawas County Italian-American Festival, PO Box 405, New Philadelphia.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Dover Burial Park