Viola Kreidel

August 27, 1920January 5, 2019

Viola (Vi) Erna Alyce Teggemann Kreidel was born August 27, 1920 to Henry and Alyce Teggemann on a farm north of Thrall, Texas. She passed away January 5, 2019. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Taylor where her father built a home for his family. Vi attended 12th Street School and the family were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Taylor. After her graduation from Taylor High School in 1937, she attended Texas Women's University in Denton for one year. Two years later she married Kermit Kreidel who preceded her in death in 1977. She was also preceded in death by her parents, M.H. and Alyce Teggemann, an infant son, an infant great grandson, her brother Werner Teggemann and her sister Frieda Anderson.

She is survived by her daughters Kay (Wayne) Finch of Temple, Lynda Old of Montgomery and Ann Hackbarth of Groesbeck. She is also survived by four grandchildren, David (Tammy) Finch and their three sons, Garrett, John David and Collin of Germany, Brian Finch (Cyndi) of Kyle, Kendra (Eric) Norris and their children, Abigayle Huai-Yi and Jaxon Zheng-Hai of Conroe and Julie (Mark) Barrett of The Woodlands and their three daughters, Kenlie, Malorie and Evie-Marie. Also surviving her is one sister, Arleen Carstens of Houston, along with one nephew and many nieces.

Vi began taking piano lessons at an early age. She began playing the organ at St. Peters Church of Coupland and then began serving as organist for Condra Funeral Home in 1968, continuing for 39 years. In 1975, she began serving as organist for St. James Episcopal Church in Taylor, continuing for 31 years. She was especially pleased to have played the organ for many funerals in most of the Taylor churches and surrounding communities. She came to know and appreciate the cooperation of all the clergy. Thanks be to God for Vi being able to share her musical talents into her nineties at SPJST Assisted Living.

Many sincere thanks to Vi's former neighbor, Janell Rohlack, who was always there for her, as well as her domino partners at the SP.

Services will be held Thursday January 10, 2019 at 11 am, with visitation from 10am-11am, at Condra Funeral Home with Pastor Martin Garrison officiating and assisted by the Rev. Kent Bohls. Interment will be in the Coupland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peters Church of Coupland Cemetery fund. Pallbearers are David Finch, Brian Finch, Eric Norris, Jaxon Norris, Mark Barrett, Buddy Nelson, Jeff Snyder, and George Sims (honorary).


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2019

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Virginia Callanan

January 13, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about your mom, Miss Vi to all of us. Many, many memories of birthday parties, church activities, etc,
May God bless her and ease your sorrow.
Love to all, Virginia

Rosanne Naizer

January 12, 2019

Ms. Vi was such a special lady! We so enjoyed getting to know her at the SPJST Assisted Living. She was so kind to my dad, Albert. We loved her humor and she always brought a smile to our face! All our thoughts and prayers for the family. She will be greatly missed!!!

Thanks for the good time, Ms. Vi!!! Rest in peace!!!

Garrett Finch

January 12, 2019

Great Grandma Kreidel was sharp, quick, funny and kind, and never failed to light up the room. Some of my first memories of growing up are of staying with her in Taylor and celebrating Easter with the rest of my family. I’m going to miss playing the piano for you, and listening to you play for me, and most of all I’m going to miss you.


Thomas D. Biehle

January 10, 2019

Mrs. Kreidel was organist at Condra Funeral Home when i was a funeral director on staff. She always had a great sense of humor. My Mother left me in 2007 and had Mom's Funeral at Condra Funeral Home and I remember asking that Mrs. Kreidel would play at Moms Funeral. Unfortunately Vi retired. I talked alot with Vi when I was at Condra Funeral Home. I'm very sorry to hear of her death. My prayers and thoughts with the family. Thomas D. Biehle. Former colleague with Mrs. Kreidel at Condra Funeral Home, Taylor, Texas.


January 10, 2019

I am certainly keeping Mrs. Vi and her family in my heart and prayers. She was such a dear friend to the SPJST Assisted Living Family and Domino Group! I LOVED seeing her when visiting my Dad, Albert Hajda. I am so thankful for Mrs. Vi and her energy!! She added to Dad's quality of life and to mine. My heart smiles with many memories of dominoes, her music, and the Texas Longhorns!

May she rest in the Lord's loving arms,

Karen Hajda Glynn

Suzanne Klattenhoff Thoele

January 10, 2019

One of the joys of growing up in a small town like Taylor is having beautiful memories of important people who helped shape your childhood and added such a lasting impression on your life. Miss Vi was certainly one of those. I will forever treasure the many sleepovers and visits I had at the Kreidel home when Ann and I were young girls. I was always mesmerized by the big organ in her home. Later, when I became engaged, Miss Vi threw a spice and recipe shower for me, and I still have those prized recipes. As the years went by, I loved to visit when I came home to Taylor to see my parents. She always had time to listen, and I loved strolling through her immaculate yard. What a lady! What a life of serving the Lord! God bless you! My deepest condolences to the entire family. Ann, especially thinking of you at this difficult time. Sending my love!

Mary Pfluger

January 9, 2019

Miz Vi, you were such a big part of Lucy's and my childhood! We loved coming to your house to play with Ann in your wonderful, beautiful yard with the only Slip and Slide around. You always had the most delicious treats! And when I brought my son, John to play at your house in Taylor with his friend, Phillip, they thought you were so cool! And as they had left their muddy socks on your patio, you cleaned them and sent them to us filled with treats!! I know Mama is so happy to have her friend with her. And Papa to see his "birthday" buddy also.
Lots of love to all your family.
Mary Pfluger

Sherri Walker

January 9, 2019

Vi, you were much loved as a person and as a wonderful musician! I will miss you and will be looking forward to seeing you again in Heaven where you and "Auntie" Hilma Pfluger will probably be playing a duet! Much love, Sherri

Carla Tocquigny

January 8, 2019

The Tocquigny family first met the incomparable Vi Kreidel through her neighbor, Janell Rohlack, our Mom and Grandmother.
Vi made a lasting impression as a loving, grace-filled woman. From day one, Vi always was genuinely interested in every detail of our life. Vi always asked us provocative questions, diving deep into the layers of our so -called busy lives.

Importantly, we witnessed Vi's final concert as the church organist. This was one tenacious, musical talent. Just look at her worn out shoes that she wore while playing hymns of worship!

We bet that God said "well done my good and faithful servant named Vi" as she entered the pearly gates of heaven.

May you take a long "rest note" Vi. Eternity will certainly hear your music. Love ya, Rick, Carla, Jennifer Tocquigny and Heather Tocquigny Barnes.

Nancy Kreidel McAlexander

January 7, 2019

Thoughts and prayers to the family. Lots of great memory’s of her playing at church in Coupland.