Viola Anna Jansen
Viola Anna Jansen, 93, of St. Peters, Mo., passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born October 28, 1927, in Pocahontas, to the late George and Josephine Anna Zosso Steimel. Viola married Charles Joseph Jansen on November 29, 1945. Charles and Viola moved to Lake Ozark, Mo., in 1964, where they resided for 35 years. In 1999, they moved back to Pocahontas, where they resided until moving to Evansville, Ind., in 2010. In 2012, they moved into St. Charles and St. Peter’s Manor. In 1992, Viola was awarded Missouri Mother of the Year. She and several of her children traveled to Los Angeles for the National Mother of the Year Awards where she presented a speech on the virtue of hope. Viola and Charles enjoyed coming back to Pocahontas for numerous family reunions as well as vacationing with their children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. She visited Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, Hawaii, and Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Jansen; son, Guy Jeffery Jansen; and five siblings, Edward, Lucille, Hubert, Mildred, and Rita Jo. Viola is survived by nine children, Carole Monteith, Sharon Jansen, Charles Jansen, Rodney Jansen, Denise Ash, Joseph Jansen, Sheila Reese, Mary Johnson, and Kenneth Jansen; 26 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Baltz; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation was held Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 9 - 11 a.m., in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with a Rosary being said at 11 a.m. Funeral Mass followed at 1 p.m., at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Stephen Elser officiating. Burial followed at St. Paul Cemetery. For those unable to attend the mass was live-streamed over St. Paul Catholic Church’s Facebook page. To follow the directives of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, masks covering the mouth and nose were required for all persons in Arkansas for all indoor and outdoor settings, with exposure to non-household members where social distancing cannot be assured. Those attending will also be asked to sign a contact registry and maintain a social distance.