Cherry Blossoms

Violet D. Alberts

October 27, 1921 ~ March 7, 2020 (age 98)


Violet D. Alberts, 98, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Dells Nursing and Rehab Center. Her funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in the Reformed Church, Dell Rapids. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020 in the church.

The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together." - Matthew 25:23

Violet Dorothy (Leuning) Alberts of Dell Rapids, SD passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on March 7th, 2020.

Violet was born in Dell Rapids, SD on October 27th, 1921 to Henry and Etta Leuning. She had a full childhood, complete with run-ins with barbed wire fences, beloved dolls, and the adventures of being the youngest of 6 children, John, Florence, Ed, Mabel, Harvey, and herself (she remembered fondly being tasked with helping her brothers put caps on the beer they brewed!).

On October 8th, 1939, Violet married Johann “Joe” Friedrich Alberts of Amherst, SD, and thus began a marriage that would span almost 60 years and give her one of the greatest joys of her long life; her three children, eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. She and Joe farmed an acreage north of Dell Rapids until they moved into town in 1993.

Her 98 years on this Earth gave her family and friends much to remember; the joy of a warm slice of fresh bread, her love of jokes and infectious smile, her incredibly sharp memory (and ability to tell us about it!), and her deep and abiding love for her church and family.

Enjoying coffee with her in Heaven today are her husband, Joe, her daughter, Carol (Cooper), her grandson, Mark Alberts, three brothers, two sisters, and a Lord she has loved faithfully throughout her life.

Grateful to have shared her life are those who survive her; her son Darrel (Jan) Alberts of Sun Prairie, WI, her daughter Sharon (Rick) Skinner of Dell Rapids, her seven grandchildren: Teresa (Dan) Thiele, Troy (Sarah) Cooper, Shiann (Kevin) Shipp, Stacy (Todd) Manske, Kristi (Frank) McDermott, Shane Skinner, and Shanon Skinner, 12 great-grandchildren, and an army of extended family that have been touched indelibly by Violet's love and devotion. In all honesty, we are all still down here just trying to get the bread right!

Memorials may be directed to the Reformed Church, Dell Rapids.

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 Service Program


March 9, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Reformed Church
1209 Thresher Drive
Dell Rapids, SD 57022

Funeral Service
March 10, 2020

2:00 PM
The Reformed Church
1209 Thresher Drive
Dell Rapids, SD 57022

March 10, 2020

3:00 PM
Logan Reformed Cemetery
24607 481st
Dell Rapids, SD 57022

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