Viola Mae Messner

May 1, 1930September 9, 2020

Viola Mae Messner, age 90, of Peoria died peacefully at Unity Point Methodist Hospital on Thursday, September 9th, 2020. A private funeral service and burial will be held at the Apostolic Christian Fellowship Hall in Edwards IL on Sunday, September 13th. She was born on May 1, 1930 at her family’s farm in Kossuth County, IA to Henry Jr and Celina (Wirtz) Schmidt. She was baptized on September 11, 1951 at the Apostolic Christian Church of Maywood CA. She married Donald Kenneth Messner on February 14, 1954 at the Apostolic Christian Church of Winthrop MN. She was employed at 3M in Hutchinson MN. They moved to Peoria IL in 1981.

She was employed at Buehler Home and retired on June 10, 1994. Don and Viola were residents of the Apostolic Christian Skylines since 2015. Don and Viola shared 66 years of marriage together. Viola was known for her dependability of working hard and had a love of caring for the elderly. She cherished spending time with her family and friends and loved helping everyone. Viola was an active member of the Apostolic Christian Church. SURVIVES: Husband – Donald Messner of Peoria IL; Five Children - Philip (Sandi) Messner of Hutchinson MN; Mary (Mark) Rosenak of Pekin IL; Paul (Jan) Messner of Winthrop MN; Ruth (Keith) Herrmann of Williamsfield IL; Carol (Ron) Christ of Edwards IL; Seven Grandchildren - Brandon (Muang) Plattner of Peoria IL; Dustin (Mieke) Plattner of Sierra Madre CA; Ashley (Mike) Husar of Colorado Springs CO; Amber (Jon) Robertson of Clarkston MI; Landon (Alyssa) Messner of Minneapolis MN; Leighton (Janaye) Messner of Winthrop MN; Lauryn Messner of Winthrop MN; Two Step Grandchildren – Mark Jr (Jen) Rosenak of Bartonville IL; Lindsay (Joe) Fenwick of Mapleton IL; Four Great-Grandchildren - Henry and Louis Robertson of Clarkston MI; Baby Messner (October) of Minneapolis MN; Baby Husar (December) of Colorado Springs CO. One Brother - Lyle (Mariam) Schmidt of Hutchinson MN; Five Sisters - Bernadine (late Raymond) Messner of Brownton MN; Mary (late Darold) Thiem of San Marcos CA; Marjorie (Dwane) Bucklin; Gladys (Burgess) Gruendemann; Dorothy (late Iven) Alsleben all of Hutchinson MN. Also survived by three brothers-in-law: Mike (Joyce) Messner of Gaylord, MN, Marvin (late Geri) Messner of Winthrop, MN, Jerry (Brenda) Messner of Hutchinson, MN; and four sisters-in-law: Lois (late Eldwin) Schmidt of Winthrop, MN, Vernita (late Melvin) Messner of Winthrop, MN, Idabell (late Donald) Witt of Gibbon, MN, and Shirley (late Lowell) Demm of Winthrop, MN, and many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends who have touched her life.

PRECEDED IN DEATH: Two Brothers – Arnold, Eldwin; Three Sisters – Arline, Mildred, Joyce. Memorial contributions may be made to Peoria Apostolic Christian Church or Winthrop Apostolic Christian Church at 1197 Knox Highway 18 Williamsfield IL 61489. Online condolences may be left for Viola’s family on her tribute wall at


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Betty Stahl

September 16, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Messner family. May God comfort and strengthen each of you. I have fond memories of seeing Viola and Don at Skylines birthday parties; sure miss it!
Betty Stahl

Mary Ann Plattner

September 14, 2020

Dear Family,
We have special memories of Vi! First, moving from Winthrop to Peoria and living at the Fellowship Hall apartment and taking such good care of the place with her dear husband, Don. They made themselves at home in Peoria quickly and were a blessing to the Peoria church! Vi was so kind and had such a warm smile!
It was always special to us to see Don and Vi at Skylines in her later years when we would come to visit my mom. You all are in our thoughts and prayers! May the Lord comfort you and bless you with many special memories!
Love, Rick and Mary Ann Plattner

Marcelle Dapper

September 12, 2020

As Messner family cousins we stayed with Don and Viola while traveling through Peoria a few times. Those were special and FUN times of laughter. God Bless her memory. Ernie & Marcelle Dapper

Ben Hoerr

September 12, 2020

Don and Family,
Tina and I are praying that the Holy Spirit will fill and surround you with his personal presence and peace in this time of loss and transition. We will treasure our memories of Vi over the last 3 years when we would visit my folks - Jim and Virginia Hoerr - at AC Skylines. May God bring all of you His comfort.

Teresa Olson

September 11, 2020

Uncle Don and family, You have my sympathy and prayers. I will always treasure the trip I took them out east with my Mom and Aunt Bernadine. Memories are something we can always have. We have such a loving family Love Teresa

Kathy Messerli

September 11, 2020

Thinking of you all as you celebrate your wife/Mom’s life and say your earthly goodbyes. What a sweet and tender heart she had. Praying for comfort and many fond memories!

Dick Mottor

September 11, 2020

Don and your family, I am sad to learn of your wife, mother and grandmothers death but rejoice that she is now at home with the Lord. I always enjoyed visiting with both of you, Don you and your humor. I know she has left a great legacy for her children and grandchildren. May that legacy and the many memories you share help to comfort you in the days ahead. She was a special lady and will certainly be missed by not only her family but a host of friends. I am sorry I am not able to be with you but certainly am with you in thoughts and prayers and know that God's many promises to comfort you will always be with you. So thankful for her love and memories. God Bless and strengthen you as a family.


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