Sunday, September 23, 2012

Viola F. (Mehlhouse) Metzger

Viola Florence Metzger, age 91, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at Lakeshore Manor.  She was born in Racine, February 12, 1921, daughter of the late Louis and Louise (Nee: Bethke) Mehlhouse and was a lifelong resident.

Viola graduated from Wm Horlick High School “January Class of 1939.”   On May 24, 1947, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church she was united in marriage to Albert G. Metzger, who preceded her in death on December 29, 1997.    Viola had worked in the office at Western Publishing and as a secretary at the Girl Scout office.  Seeing a need for a maternity clothes store in Racine, Viola opened and operated The Blossom Shoppe for many years.

Viola was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a member of Girl Scout Troop 1934.  She enjoyed spending time with and caring for her family, especially her grandchildren.  Above all she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her children, Linda (David) Brady, James (Paulette) Metzger, Kathleen (David) Opahle; grandchildren, Matthew (Sarah) Brady, Melissa Brady, Jennifer Metzger, Haleigh Metzger, Stacy Swanson, and Gregory (Stacie) Opahle; great-grandchildren, Theresa, Louise, Eileen and Katherine Brady, Sydney and Mitchell Swanson, Sawyer Opahle; sisters, Virginia Donnelly and Florence Rossmann;  nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3011 Erie St., with Reverend Roger Black officiating.  Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends may meet Sunday at the funeral home from 3 to 5 p.m. and Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.  Memorials to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Lakeshore Manor for their loving and compassionate care.

803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

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