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Viola Dorine Engel

December 13, 1929February 14, 2021

Viola Doreen Engel (nee: Ruf)

December 13th, 1930 - February 14, 2021

With great sadness we wish to announce the passing of Viola Engel on February 14, 2021 at the age of 91. Viola will always be loved and remembered by her friends and family. She was as a true angel.

Viola (Vi), the first of five children to David and Katherine Ruf, was born in Yorkton, SK on December 13, 1930. While going to school there she met Alfred. They were married on July 11th, 1948. They moved into the Engel homestead farm nearby and raised 7 boys there. Viola was a polio victim when she was just 23, and learned to walk again with her third son Brian.

Viola & Alfred moved to Vernon BC in 1969 with their 5 youngest sons; where she continued to raise her family. She became involved with St. John's Lutheran church with Ladies Aid, bible study and choir. Viola often went camping with Alfred in their Winnebago.

Viola donated many knitted items to her church and other organizations to help those in need locally and overseas. Viola’s mitts, toques, slippers, scarfs, blankets, and her specialty baby clothes were worn be people around the world. Viola’s home always had box of knitting needles, and wool on the go.

Viola & Alfred moved to Silver Springs Seniors Community, where she met new friends including Rudy who helped her master the electric wheel chair.

Thank you to the staff at Polson Place Extended Care for the personalized care she received for the past few years, especially through-out the Covid restrictions.

Viola is pre-deceased by her husband Alfred, sons Dennis and Roy, brothers Edgar and Orland. She is survived by her siblings: Harry Ruf and Audrey Anderson and her sons: Robert (Shirley) Engel, Brian Engel, Bruce (Lorna) Engel, Darryl Engel, Greg Engel, two grandchildren, Kim (Ryan) Davis & Karri (Rob) Cholodnuik, and four great grandchildren, Brooklyn, Mackenzie, Sarah and Berkley.

God’s garden must be beautiful

He only takes the best.

Due to current COVID restrictions, a service will be held later this year.

Arrangements in care of Vernon Funeral Home.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Viola Dorine Engel

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Sherry Kielinen

February 26, 2021

PS. Our condolences to all the family. My heart and thoughts are with you at this time. My you keep all the good memories close at heart as this is what helps you get through this difficult time. Love you all and if you are ever out our way, come and visit. We can take a walk down memory lane. Love you all!
Kalle and Sherry

Sherry Kielinen

February 26, 2021

I remember many special times spent at the old farmhouse in Stornoway getting together with many family members. Your mom was a very busy lady raising 7 boys. I didn't get to see her often once they moved to B.C. but since Kalle and I moved to Vernon, she has become like a surrogate mom to me. She was so loving, patient, kind and very positive. I enjoyed getting to know her better and spending time reminiscing about old times, polishing her nails, and in general just shooting the breeze. I have been blessed to spend these last few years with her and even though we haven't had in person visits this past year, we had a few window visits and her last one being for her 91st birthday just this past Dec. It was very difficult not being able to hug her but we had blowing kisses and window hugs. We will miss her big time. May she rest in peace. Love Kalle and Sherry xxoo

Sharon & Dave Hart

February 19, 2021

We will always remember Aunt Viola as a most kind and gentle soul.
Her smile, laughter and the twinkle in her eye made us all feel so special and loved.

May she Rest In Peace.

Sharon & Dave Hart