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Violet (Smith) Pergande

4/20/1934 - 3/9/2023


Violet (Smith) Pergande, 88, of Clarion, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the Kanawha Community Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East in Clarion.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Violet Marie Pergande, the daughter of Frank and Ada (Beitz) Smith was born April 20, 1934 on her family farm outside of Bancroft.  Violet grew up in Algona and had fond memories of working at the movie theaters there.

On April 27, 1953, Violet was united in marriage to Robert Schaffer.  To this union, six children were born and later the couple divorced.  She then married Ernest Pergande on November 20, 1978 and resided in Renwick before moving to Clarion. Violet worked various jobs over the years including Farmer’s Exchange Restaurant in Holmes, running Jeri’s Café in Renwick, a second hand store in Clarion and did business cleaning in surrounding communities.  Most of all Violet loved taking care of her family.  She loved when everyone was together and cooking her famous meals for them.  She enjoyed playing cards, cribbage and ten penny.

She will be remembered for her feistiness, witty sense of humor and her contagious laugh.

She is survived by her children Shari (Rich) Lewellyn of Cedar Falls, Jim (Cindy) Schaffer of Clarion, Allen “Rick” (Susan Sherman) Schaffer of Clarion,  Robert “Bobby” (Ronda) Schaffer of Clarion, Christine (Danny) Thompson of Goldfield; daughter-in-law Cindy Schaffer of Algona; grandchildren Andrea, Gary, Nelle, Andy, Austin, Joshua, Alex, Chad, Scott, Allison and Michael; 24 great grandchildren; sisters-in-laws Carolyn Smith and Sandra Smith; brother-in-law Raymond Hanson along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, (2nd set of parents): Raymond and Margaret Crandall,  husband Ernie Pergande, son Steven Schaffer, grandson Tony Thompson, brothers: Martin and Eric Smith, sisters: Alice Kollasch, Roberta (Dee Dee) Hanson and Mary Smith (in infancy).