December 19, 1916 - June 12, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at St. John the Baptist Abbey Church in Collegeville for Viola O. Dullinger, 98, of Collegeville who passed away peacefully with family by her side at Arlington Place in St. Joseph. Reverend Gregory Miller, OSB will officiate. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.
Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Parish Center in Collegeville and after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Abbey Church. Parish prayers will be held be held at 4:00p.m. and the St. Rose Mission Circle will pray a rosary at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the parish center.

Viola was born on December 19, 1916 in Kenmare, North Dakota to the late Pius and Barbara (Stich) Gillitzer. They moved to the Collegeville area when Viola was 18 months old. She was proud to be a life member of St. John the Baptist Parish. She married George F. Dullinger on January 19, 1934 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Collegeville. They lived all of their lives in Collegeville, raising four children and farming. Viola was a member of the St. Rose Mission Circle all of her life.

Viola enjoyed sewing, knitting, macramé, quilting, working outdoors and ceramics. She will be remembered as a hard worker with many talents.

Viola is survived by her children, Darlene Ostendorf of Waite Park, Delvin (Lillian) of St. Stephen, Shirley A. Bloch of St. Joseph, Dianne (Willy) Sobania of Clear Lake; 21 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 14 great great grandchildren; sisters, Delrose Fischer and Delores Neucomb both of St. Joseph, and sister-in-law, Angie Gillitzer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1992; grandson, Jeff Ostendorf; great granddaughter, Kristina Felix; brothers, Walter, Sylvester, Delbert and Delvin Gillitzer; and sisters, Lillian Kuklok, Sally Gaebel, Stella Spychala, Verna Mae Hutchins.

A special thank you to Arlington Place in St. Joseph for their wonderful care these last three years.