Violet A. Chan, 98

Violet A. Chan, 98, of Starbuck, died Sunday, December 12, 2010, at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 17, at St. Paulís Lutheran in Lowry with the Rev. Elaine Leone officiating. Interment was in the Bohemian Independent Cemetery, Lowry. Arrangements were with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.

The daughter of Charles and Mary Catherine (Wilson) Sisk, Violet was born on August 22, 1912, in Morris, the youngest of five children. Her family moved to Glenwood in 1917 where she lived her early years. As a young teen she spent time in the Twin Cities as a nanny for a family with twin boys.

She was married July 2, 1932, to Edward Martin Chan of Reno Township, Pope County, and they raised two sons. They farmed until 1971 when they moved to Starbuck. She had been a resident of Holly Ridge Manor from September of 2000 to July 2005, when she moved to the Minnewaska Lutheran Home.

She was active for many years with the Young At Heart singers and volunteered at the Starbuck Senior Center. She loved to visit with friends, meet new people and spend time with her family. In her late 70s she climbed to the top of Inspiration Peak with some family members to enjoy the panoramic view of the Minnesota countryside. A seasoned cook, Violet was known for her kolaches and jelly rolls which she delighted in making for friends and family.

She is survived by her sons and their wives, Ron and Kathy Chan of Columbia Heights and Gary and Susan Chan of Topeka, Kan.; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey Chan, Michelle Chan Barsness, Nicholas, Allison, Christopher, Stephen, Patrick Chan and Sherri Murphy, and one greatgrandson, Luke Barsness.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her granddaughter, Rachael Reneť Chan; and all of her siblings, brothers, Claude, Ted and Fred Sisk; and sister, Nell Dykhuizen.

The organist for the service was Ann Foley. Casketbearers were Archie Zeithamer, Nicholas Chan, Stephen Chan, Jeff Chan, Scott Barsness and Patrick Chan. Honorary casketbeares were Frank J. Chan, Henry Chan, Norman Chan, Michelle Barsness, Allison Chan, Christopher Chan and, in spirit, Rachel Chan.

Memorials are preferred to St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Lowry or the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.