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1933 Violet 2021

Violet Defries

April 1, 1933 — April 18, 2021

*Vi's graveside service will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Please enter the cemetery through Gate 2 and proceed to Assembly Area 6. Once there, remain in your vehicles and the cemetery personnel will direct you to the site of the service when it is time. Masks are required. Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. To view a map of the cemetery, click here:

Violet Adeline Defries, 88, of Winona and formerly of Windom, MN died April 18, 2021 at Sugar Loaf Senior Living.
She was born April 1, 1933 in Westbrook, MN to Adolf and Lillian (Hochstein) Abram. She married Raymond Defries on August 16, 1953. They lived in California for a short time and moved back to Windom where they settled and raised their family.
Violet was a devoted mother and grandmother. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandsons. She worked for Fingerhut, was part owner of Defries Photo Processing, and worked part time serving lunches at the Windom public schools. She enjoyed her crafts, sewing, decorating for the holidays and trips to the Casino with Ray.
She is survived by her children, Deborah (Blaine) Meyer, Bruce (Diane) Defries and grandchildren; Harrison Defries and Jaran (Danielle) Defries. As well as many nieces and nephews.
Violet will be laid to rest beside her husband at Fort Snelling at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 29, 2021. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Sugarloaf Senior Living Staff and Winona Hospice for the care they have given to "Vi".
Cards and memorials can be sent to Hoff Funeral Home, c/o Violet Defries Family, 3480 Service Drive, Goodview, MN 55987. Please share a memory of Vi and sign her online guestbook at

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

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Fort Snelling National Cemetery

7601 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55450

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