Viola Elizabeth (Goeser) Mayers, 96, passed away on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, at St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital.
Viola Elizabeth (Goeser) Mayers, 96, passed away on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, at St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 with a Rosary Service and Scripture Service at 7 p.m., all in Gilbertson-Golger Funeral Home, Devils Lake. Funeral Service will be Monday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Devils Lake. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Devils Lake. Viola was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Banner Township, Cavalier County, ND, the daughter of John and Anna (Wengeler) Goeser. She grew up on the family farm with her parents, three brothers, and three sisters and often shared fond memories of working and playing there. She attended school in Banner Township, received her teaching certificate, and taught until she married. She and Gerald Mayers married on Sept. 24, 1946, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Calio, ND. They settled in Devils Lake, where they raised their six children. They celebrated 68 years of marriage until Jerry passed away in 2014. Viola was a skilled homemaker, helped at St. Joseph parish and school, was a member of the Circle of Infant of Prague, and supported Jerry in his Knights of Columbus and business endeavors. She loved playing cards with family and friends, and could beat most of us at any card game, even at age 96! She also loved to dance and recalled with glee, the many dances she attended with Jerry; her eyes always twinkled at the thought of a waltz or polka. Above all, Viola was a devout Christian and a loving wife, mother, sister and friend. In her quiet way, she loved, listened and helped friends and family alike. She leaves all six of her children; Nancy (Mike) Krueger of Felton, MN, Linda Claverly of Mesa, AZ, Gary (Stephanie) Mayers of Bastrop, TX, Randy (Cindy) Mayers of Devils Lake, ND, Lynn (Mary Ann) Mayers of Cincinnati, OH, and Wayne (Ramah) of Burlington, KY. She leaves sixteen grandchildren; Scott Krueger, Kashane (Rick) Clausen, Krista (Zakk) Dunning, Steven Cooley, Dustin Mayers, Brandi (Daniel) Howell, Amanda Mayers, Melissa (Bob) Bingham, Becky Mayers, Robert (Heather) Mayers, Nicole (Cody) Samuel, Allyson (Nicholas) Rafanello, Katelyn (Jay) Chamberlain, Becky (Alex Main) Schmidt, Silas Mayers and Kaden Mayers; along with many great-grandchildren. Viola also leaves three brothers; Edwin (Iona) Goeser, Eugene (Mary) Goeser, and Pete (Nancy) Goeser; and her sister, Diane (Richard) Jundt. She was preceded in death by; her husband, Gerald; granddaughter, Ariane Wheeler; great-granddaughter, Katiana Wheeler; and sisters, Genevieve McLean and Irene Sterling. She also leaves many beloved friends and in-laws; and treasured caregiver, Rose Rockvoy. Many family members and friends visited and helped Viola during her final two weeks, a testimony to the power of friendship and love. We are truly grateful for the outpouring of support.