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Viola Rose (Alt) Topp, RN
LEIPSIC – Viola Rose (Alt) Topp, RN, 94, of Leipsic, passed away at 2:19 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at The Meadows of Leipsic surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 29, 1928 in Leipsic to the late Henry F. and Luella (Ricker) Alt. On April 28, 1951, she married Robert J. “Bob” Topp, who preceded her in death on February 25, 1996.
Survivors include five children: Mike (Pam) Topp of Arlington, Sue Reynolds of Leipsic, Steve (Denise) Topp of Seville, Cherri (Dave) Maag of Kendallville, IN and Karyn (Craig) Westrick of Leipsic; fourteen grandchildren: Cathi (Brandon) Kisseberth, Jenni (Chance) Collins, Levi Topp (Becca Humbert), Brandon (Ashley) Reynolds, Brett (Britnee) Reynolds, Brian (Ashley) Reynolds and Brock (Shelby) Reynolds, Nicole Topp, Michelle (Robert) Williams, Jared (Natalie) Topp, Ethan Maag (Natalie Nickles), Garrett Maag, Carson Maag and Emily Westrick; eleven great-grandchildren: Walker and Porter Collins, Peyton Kisseberth, Grady, Lane and Hadliegh Reynolds, Maelyn and Everly Reynolds, Landon and Ava Reynolds, Avery Topp and a great-grandchild on the way; four siblings: John Alt of MI, Ghnelda Schimmoeller of Ft. Jennings, Bob (Carolyn) Alt of Leipsic and Kenny (Sandy) Alt of MI.
She was also preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Quinn Collins; five siblings: Frances Alt, Bill (Dorothy) Alt, Bernard (Dorothy) Alt, Dick Alt, Daniel Alt; a sister-in-law, JoLou Alt; and a brother-in-law, Cleo “Click” Schimmoeller.
Viola was a proud student of a one room schoolhouse until 8th grade and 1946 graduate of Leipsic High School. She attended St. Rita’s School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse for 60 years. She was employed for Dr. James Baker and Barr, Dr. Walter Donahue, Dr. Robert Zarzar, Dr. Laura Waldron, Dr. David Schultz, Kathy Selhorst, CNP, Blanchard Valley Primary Care and Putnam Acres Nursing Home. The doctors changed, but “Nurse Vi” was a constant. She would know three generations of family history without referring to a computer, because she cared for all three generations. Viola was also a great influence on a number of students who chose nursing as a career and continued her legacy to present day.
Viola volunteered for the American Heart Association and was its Putnam County Chair for 35 years, American Red Cross Blood Mobile and Leipsic Local Schools HOST program. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Leipsic, its Altar Rosary Society and Catholic Ladies of Columbia, American Legion Auxiliary and St. Rita’s School of Nursing Alumni Association. Viola was awarded Leipsic Bicentennial Queen in 1957, Leipsic Sesquicentennial Queen in 2007 and Putnam County Senior Citizen of the Year in 2010.
Viola loved gardening, canning, baking, decorating cakes, being of service to others and spending time with her family, especially her grands and great-grands.
Funeral Mass will begin 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2023 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Leipsic with Fr. Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 - 8 p.m., Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Leipsic, where a C.L. of C. Rosary will take place at 7:30 p.m. An additional visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass on Saturday at St. Mary’s Parish Life Center, Leipsic.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Catholic School or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.
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