Viola Hollister

May 20, 1933December 1, 2018

Springfield, IL- Viola D. “Vi” Hollister, 85, of Springfield, formerly of Rockford, IL, passed away at 3:55 am Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at Concordia Village in Springfield. She was born May 20, 1933 in Springfield, IL, the daughter of Sven and Helen (Aarup) Rasmussen. She graduated from high school in Springfield and left to pursue her secondary education at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. While there, she met and married Stanley Hollister. Stan’s career with Sears placed them in various cities throughout the Midwest. When they moved to a home outside of St. Charles, IL, Vi continued her education completing an Associate’s Degree in Mental Health at Elgin Community College. During this time, as she cared for her own three children, Vi opened her home to other children and soon became the owner/operator of an in home daycare, a profession she would continue until her retirement. A short time after Stanley passed away in 2009, Vi returned to Springfield to join her brother and sister at Concordia Village. While living here, she continued to enjoy music, singing in the Concordia choir, art and daily Scrabble games with her siblings. Vi was preceded in death by her siblings, Gorm, Rosabel, and Paul Rasmussen, Greta (Rasmussen)Graham, and her parents. She is survived by her three children: Preston (wife Connie) Hollister of Rochester, MN, Doug (wife Penny) Hollister of Byron, IL and Natalie (husband Paul) Finholt of Holland, MI. She has 5 grandchildren, 1-step granddaughter, 2 step-grandsons, 6 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a cousin, Marilyn McCann of Auburn, IL. Cremation Rites will be accorded by the Bisch Crematory prior to a memorial gathering in the Chapel of Concordia Village 4101 W. Iles Ave., Springfield, IL, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 from 10:00 am until 10:45 am. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am in the Chapel with Rev. Dr. Wayne P. Hoffman officiating. Internment will be at a later date in Arlington Memorial Cemetery, Rockford, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Concordia Village Scholarship Fund 4101 W. Iles Ave. Springfield, IL 62711 Online condolences may be offered to the family at Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424


  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 6, 2018

Viola Hollister

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