Viola M. Lang, 87, of Wausau passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born January 12, 1925 in Racine to the late George and Anna (Kuttel) Filber. On September 12, 1944, Vi married Mark Lang at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Marathon. She was employed at Bill's Fine Food and Hoffman House. Vi and Mark later managed the Column Apartments until retiring in 1986.
Viola and Mark shared their love of dancing, fishing in winter and summer, visiting the casinos and playing cards, especially cribbage which they played at a competitive level early in their marriage. Vi's home and rooms at Marywood and Care Partners Assisted Living were filled with pictures of her family. She kept track of the activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She recounted to her friends how many grands she had and made it a point of pride to have so many of her family attend socials at Marywood.
Survivors include two sons, Denis (Jeanne) Lang, Jerome (Joanne) Lang all of Wausau, her daughter, Georgia (Gene) Damp of Wausau, 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, sisters-in-laws Beverly and Barbara Filber, Isabelle Misudek, Stella Cortright, Evelyn Lang, and Fred and Patricia Lang. She is also survived by her cousin Arlene Christiansen, who was like a sister to Viola. Vi was preceded in death by Mark on March 13, 1998, daughter, Leilani Butalla, and two brothers, LeRoy and George Filber Jr.
Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Grace United Church of Christ. Reverend Wayne Drueck will officiate. Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum at Restlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com. Memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice.
The family would like to extend thanks to the caregivers at Marywood Nursing Home and Care Partners Assisted Living for the loving attention, care and friendship given to Viola. Thanks also to the medical teams at Aspirus Hospital, especially the emergency room and CTU staffs, for the care and respect given to Vi during her many hospitalizations.