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Violet Alice (Young) Riley
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Violet Alice (Young) Riley and husband Alfred Riley - photo by Contributed

Former Hillsboro, WI resident Violet Alice (Young) Riley passed away peacefully on March 16, 2014 at the Juneau Pioneer’s Home, with loved ones nearby.

She was born April 25, 1922 in Hillsboro, WI to Charles Wesley Young and Betsy Ann (Braund) Young and educated there, earning a BA in education. After four years of teaching in one-room schools, Violet moved to Ketchikan, AK and taught 3rd and 4th grade at White Cliff Elementary School from 1946 through 1949.

Violet met her husband, Alfred Lenvil Riley, at a first aid course required by their respective employers and they were married July 25, 1948.

Violet had many interests, including reading, crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble, as well as genealogy and helped gather information and photos for the history book of her mother’s ancestors, the Braund family.

When Violet was no longer able to live in her own home, she was very well cared for by the wonderful staff at the Ketchikan Pioneer’s Home for three and one-half years, then moved to the care of the also wonderful staff of the Juneau Pioneer’s Home in December 2013, to be closer to family.

She is predeceased by her husband, siblings and three of her children, Colleen (William) MacCannell, Lenvil (Fran Dahl) Riley and Kelly (Patti) Riley.

Violet is survived by her sister-in-law Roberta Young of Hillsboro, WI, brother-in-law Lawrence Brockman of Elroy, WI, children; Linda Wright, Connie Riley and Wayne Riley; grandchildren Elizabeth (Ariel) Cember, Adam (Bekki) Wright, Dawn Riley, Tiana Rogers, Michelle Clark, Ryan Strope, Norman Bezezekoff, Natalya Bezezekoff and Alison Riley-Duncan; and great grandchildren Nicholas Clark, Lina Cember, Ariana Bezezekoff, Riley Leann Clark and Karver Bezezekoff.

A memorial service will be held at the Ketchikan Pioneer’s Home 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 and Violet will be interred with her husband in Redmond, WA on April 25, what would have been her 92nd birthday.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to either the Ketchikan Pioneer’s Home “KPH Foundation; resident activities” or the Juneau Pioneer’s Home, “JPH Foundation; resident activities”, to fund more of the activities Violet enjoyed while living in the Pioneer’s Homes.

She will be missed.