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Baures, Violet R. (08/10/2012)

Violet R. Baures, 83, of Fountain City, Wis., entered the garden of heaven on Thursday, August 9, at Lake Winona Manor, Winona, Minn. Violet was born February 13, 1929, to Arthur and Leefe (Girod) Bittner in Winona, Minn. She graduated from Winona Senior High in 1946. On April 20, 1949, Violet was united in marriage to Marvin Baures. Together they raised five boys in their home in Pieperís Valley. Vi could find a teachable moment in every day. She began her formal teaching career at St. Martinís School, then continued teaching in Cochrane, Wis. Vi then returned to Winona State University and completed her teaching degree while raising five boys at home. She then began teaching third grade at Cochrane-Fountain City School, where she taught for nearly 20 more years. Vi started creating corn husk dolls and developed Apple Day, projects that continue to this day. Violet had a very strong faith and was a member of St. Michaelís Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was the coordinator for the Vacation Bible School program for many years. Vi, along with her late husband Marvin, started Valley Herb Gardens in their retirement. The gardens at their peak contained over 300 different herbs and medicinal plants, and Vi enjoyed giving narrated garden tours to visitors and groups, as well as hosting an annual garden party. She also used the herbs combined with dried flowers from her garden to create wreaths, bouquets, and similar crafts. In addition, Vi loved to paint and do stained glass, selling all of these items from a small barn nestled within the gardens. Vi enjoyed swimming at the YMCA in Winona, and made many friends there in her later years. Even as her illness left her weak and tired, she still enjoyed her time in the pool every morning. In the last three years Vi also began playing piano at the nursing homes in Winona and surrounding communities. Her family knew that any day she swam at the Y, went out to breakfast with friends, and played the piano was going to be a good day for her. Violet is survived by five sons, Mike (Trish) of Fountain City, Wis., Steve (Carol) of Mauston, Wis., Jim (Diane) of Buffalo City, Wis., Rich (Wendy) of Fountain City, and Dr. Paul (Lisa) of Keene, N.H. Vi believed that grandchildren were the precious flowers of a long life. She is survived by eleven grandchildren: Jenny Baures, Brian (JaNette) Baures, Matt (Rachel) Baures, Kristine Johnson, Amanda (Tim) Hund, Amy (Jim) Jilk, Gregory (Melissa) Baures, John Baures, Carrie Baures, Katie Baures, and Brandi (Craig) Brown. She was also blessed with twelve great-grandchildren: Sadie Baures, Courtney Ferguson, Christopher Hund, Kamryn Hund, Carter Hund, Kalleigh Hund, Tylor Jilk, Damian Jilk, Trinity Jilk,Taylor Shannon, Tyler Shannon, and Brena Brown, and one great-great-grandchild, Elliana Ferguson, with one more expected in September. Violet is survived by two sisters, Marguerite Bittner of St. Paul and Virginia Tubbs of Portsmouth, R.I., and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, her parents, two brothers, Roscoe and Arthur Jr., and a sister, Marvel Allen. Services to remember Violet will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at St. Michaelís Ev. Lutheran Church, Fountain City, Wis., with Rev. Elroy Conradt officiating. Interment will be at Piepers Valley Cemetery, rural Fountain City. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 13, 2012, at St. Michaelís Church, Fountain City, and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.  

 

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