Viola Marie Michels

November 17, 1927March 14, 2018

On March 14, 2018 Heaven gained another angel. Our dear mother, Viola Marie (Olds) Michels, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her beloved children and grandchildren.

On November 17, 1927, Viola Marie was born to Arthur and Ada (Wheat) Olds. On April 10, 1945, Viola married Edward L. Michels Sr. Together they had seven children; Judith (Ronald) Pahl, Carol (Alan) Sattler, Edwardean (Larry) Seiler, Edward (Barb) Michels Jr., Arthur (Cindy) Michels, Tammie (Randy) Kitzmiller and Timm Michels. Viola had 19 Grandchildren, 51 Great Grandchildren, and 6 Great-Great Grandchildren.

Viola was a natural homemaker. Every moment of her life was devoted to her children and grandchildren. Her loving husband bought her first sewing machine in the late 40s. From that moment on, her passion for creating love through stitches began. She used her talent to teach sewing to children through 4H for many years. She was well-known throughout her family and extended family for her famous cinnamon rolls and homemade bread. In later years, she was a loyal fan of the Tigers, Pistons, and Jeopardy!

She was preceded in death by her husband Edward L. Michels Sr., son Arthur (Bud) Michels, granddaughter Brittany Kitzmiller, son-in-law Larry Seiler, parents Arthur and Ada (Wheat) Olds, step-father Walter Basch, brother James Olds, brother Lafayette (Nub) Olds, sister Peggy Couch, brother Jack Olds.

The celebration of life for Viola Marie Michels will be held at Hannah St. Mary's Church on Saturday March 17, 2018. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM and the Mass will be held at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you make donations to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are being handled through Covell Funeral Home.

Grave side services will be held on June 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM at St. Mary’s of Hannah Cemetery.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 17, 2018

Viola Marie Michels

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Darlene Ditlow

March 29, 2018

I walked into Burger King 4+ years ago and Vi was sitting in a booth, she looked at me and said "you're not eating alone come join me". I have loved and cherished her ever since. She is a great soul with a kindness that knows no bonds, and I will truly miss her.

Stephanie Sattler

March 17, 2018

I love all the times at Burger King with great grandma

Shannah Hendrickson

March 16, 2018

Gramma Vi! I will miss you so much, you may have not been my biological gramma, but gramma none the less. I will look back on our laughs, cries, and visits near and dear to my heart. You were such an amazing person. I wish I would’ve visited more. I love you!