Mrs. Violet “Miss Vi” Rose Steingraber passed away peacefully on November 3rd, 2022, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, at the age of 98 years old.
Violet is survived by her daughter Linda L. Russell of Albuquerque, New Mexico, son Bruce Steingraber of Ramona, California, son Scott Steingraber of Borrego Springs, CA, granddaughter Amy Stetler of Lake Havasu, Arizona, and by granddaughter Suzanne Russell of Albuquerque, NM. Violet is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, and by her loving animal companion of 14 years, Taffy. Violet is preceded in death by her loving husband LeRoy A. Steingraber, and by her son Larry Owen Steingraber.
Violet was born on Tuesday, September 16th, 1924, in River Grove, Cook County, Illinois, to Ms. Frieda Meyer. She attended Leyden High School and graduated with her Diploma in 1941. Violet married LeRoy Arthur Steingraber on Wednesday, September 23rd, 1942, in River Grove, IL. They were married 63 years and had four children.
Violet worked for a couple years at local newspaper The Daily Californian. During wartime in the 40s’ she was a Rosie the Riveter doing war work. Violet also worked for a time at A.B. Dick Company in Chicago, Illinois. Violet had many talents. She loved painting, sewing, needle point, toll painting and many other crafts. She painted hundreds of paintings that she lovingly gave to friends and family. Violet also loved playing hymnals on her organ. She belonged to numerous bowling leagues throughout the years. Violet and her family attended the Evangelical Church in Chicago where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. She made considerable donations to Veterans of the U.S. Hospital.
To honor Violet’s memory the family asks that donations be made organizations that help veterans or further research on alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
A note from Linda:
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who loved and supported us in the last few months of Violet’s life. The dementia took away her mind but not her heart. Violet was so positive and kind during her decline with dementia. Never a day went by with her not being grateful for another day. So many adored her. She was a beautiful, kind soul that was welcomed home to heaven. Rest in Peace my beautiful gracious mother. May Jesus hold you in his Divine Light forever. Thank you for being my mom, till we meet again.”
Violet will be scheduled to be laid to rest alongside her husband LeRoy at Santa Fe National Cemetery.