Viola LaVonne Paulsrud

Viola LaVonne Paulsrud, Halstad, MN, passed away peacefully with family and staff by her side at Halstad Living Center on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020, at the age of 93 years old.

Viola was born on November 7, 1926, to John and Alma (Grimstvedt) Aronson in Hunter, ND, later moving to rural Halstad, MN. Viola attended Wide Awake Country School and Halstad High School.

Viola met James Paulsrud in Neilsville, MN and they were united in marriage on March 6, 1943 in Immanuel Lutheran Church. They were married 61 years. They lived on a farm in Herberg Township along the Red River in North Dakota and raised their family. They had six children. They worked side by side farming and later while continuing to farm, purchased Paulsrud Ford. They moved into Halstad, MN in 1978.

Viola was a “Farmers Wife” and she worked hard on the farm. Many remember her still driving truck not that many years ago. She was known for her baking at Christmas, especially her Kringla and Krumkake. She had a green thumb and always had beautiful flowers and vegetable gardens, along with a beautiful yard. She loved to dance, play bingo, and do crafts. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities and loved them all so much. She also enjoyed trips to the lake and Casino’s with family and friends. She also sold Watkin’s products by word of mouth, she never went door to door.

Viola was a member of Eastern Star, Herberg Homemakers, Garden Club, Birthday Club, Granny Club, an FHA Advisor, and a 4-H Leader. She also volunteered at the Halstad Living Center, formerly Halstad Lutheran Memorial Home. She was a member of Halstad Lutheran Church and formerly Immanuel Lutheran Church. Viola moved into Heritage House in 2016 following her 90th birthday. In September of 2017 Viola moved into the Halstad Living Center.

Viola is survived by her daughters, Wanda (Rolly) Wall, Harwood, ND; and Nancy (Fiancé, Joe Flood) Paulsrud, Fargo, ND; son, Randy (Lorie) Paulsrud, Halstad, MN; daughter-in-law, LuVerne Paulsrud, Hillsboro, ND; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James; infant son, Gene Paulsrud; son, Eugene Paulsrud; daughter, Judy Christianson; brother, Maurice Aronson; several brother and sister in-laws; and nephews.

Special thanks to the staff at Halstad Living Center and to Hospice of the RRV’s Green Team for the kind and compassionate care she received.

Funeral: Due to public health concerns with the coronavirus called COVID-19,  a limited family funeral will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, May 15, 2020, at Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad, MN. To view the service please use the following link:

Public Visitation: A drive-up visitation will be held Thursday, May 14, 2020, from  4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Home, Halstad, MN, with family in attendance.

Interment: Halstad South Cemetery

Memorials preferred to: Halstad Lutheran Church, Halstad Living Center or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

In your absence, we encourage friends and neighbors to send a single flower or balloon that will be placed in a pew at her service on Friday in memory of Viola. Please call Sun Flowers Floral at 218-784-2280 to place an order for flowers or a balloon. If only ordering a balloon, you can also call Valley General Store in Halstad at 218-456-2148.

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Arrangements with Fredrikson-Ganje Funeral Homes

Ada & Halstad Minnesota (218-784-4600)

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