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Viola B. Stumvoll


April 28, 2021

Viola "Vicky" B. Stumvoll, 82, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 with her family by her side.

Vicky was born August 5, 1938, in Underwood, N.D. to Alfred and Mildred (Ulrich) Ulrich. She was raised in Underwood and graduated from Underwood High School in 1956. Vicky married her best friend and love of her life, Arnold (Arnie) Stumvoll, of Max, on June 27, 1956. They were married 59 years and when Arnie passed that left a void in her life. To their union five children were born: Dean (Sally) Stumvoll, Oakton, Va.; Robert (Barbara) Stumvoll, Libby, Mont.; Barbara (Fred) Willis, Billings, Mont.

She loved to play cards with her friends, reading a good book, needlepoint, camping with her family and friends, working in the yard, visiting with her coffee group friends, traveling places to see her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, and a Sunday drive with her family. She was very involved with her local church, St. Raphael's Catholic Church and volunteered at various organizations within her community. She lived her life with commitment, giving back, and integrity to her family, friends and community.

Vicky was diagnosed with polycystic kidneys around 1980 which one day would require her to be on dialysis or need a new kidney. In spring 1995 Vicky received that critical call at midnight there was a kidney that matched so Arnie and Vicky headed to Seattle, Wash. Eighteen hours later she was in surgery receiving that wonderful gift (a new kidney). She always wanted others to know that the need for organ donations is critical and if you decide to be a donor, look how many wonderful years it gave her to spend time with her family and friends.

While we deeply mourn her untimely passing and search for understanding, we are thanking God for what her life meant to us. She gave us all she had. She was the rock of our family, a deeply loving mother who raised her children to be loving, compassionate, independent, and respectful people. She always welcomed others into her home with open arms. No matter how you came to know her, she left a positive mark on you in some way. Vicky was the foundation of her family and she made sure they always came first. She was fierce in her love and protection of her family and friends. For all those whom her passion and kindness touched, we are grateful.

Vicky was a woman who had been a light in so many lives. She was half of the couple that proved true love didn't just exist in fairy tales. She was always there for her family and friends whether she lend an ear, cook a casserole for a family, or open her home for a family in need. We all have our favorite memories of mom but the one we all share is the love and importance her family held in her heart.

We were blessed to call her wife, mom, grandma, aunt and friend. We will spend forever remembering her, missing her, and NEVER forgetting how blessed we were having her in our lives. We love you and until we meet again.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Stumvoll; parents, Alfred Ulrich, Howard Haynes, Jerry and Mildred Askvig and brother-in-law Don Kostelecky. She was also preceded in death by her grandson Joshua Stumvoll.

Survivors include her five children, Dean (Sally) Stumvoll of Oakton, Virginia, Robert (Barbara) Stumvoll of Libby, Montana, Barb (Fred) Willis of Billings, Montana, Elizabeth (Breck) Probst of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Jacqueline (Pat) Murphy of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren, Ryan Stumvoll, Ashley Stumvoll, Brittany Stumvoll, Haley Stumvoll, Justin (Abi) Stumvoll, Katie Byrne, Rick (Amy) Stumvoll, Mike (Melanie) Willis, Angie (Doug )Just , Brandy Schaffer, Eli Probst, Wyatt Probst, Katelynn Murphy, Lexi Murphy; two siblings – Lucy Kostelecky, and Alfred (Barb) Ulrich; sister-in-law Alice (Phil) Moon, sister-in-law Rosemary Braaten, sister-in-law Judy (John) Reading, sister-in-law Doris Moore, and brother-in-law Dwight (Shelley) Pflipsen and many great-grandkids, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Viola B. Stumvoll will be held sometime in June 2021 at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow, followed by interment at the Highland Cemetery. Condolences may be left at


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