Violet Beneke

Violet M. Beneke, 93, of New Albin passed away surrounded by family Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. Private family funeral services will be held at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, MN. Burial will be in St Peter’s Cemetery in New Albin.  Date of services are pending at this time. Pastor Dick Wohlgemuth of St. Peter’s Church will be the officiant.

Violet was born January 31, 1927 to George and Martha (Rudnick) Solberg in Caledonia, MN. She married Alvin G. Beneke September 18, 1945. Together they farmed and raised their family on the farm on Pool Hill in rural New Albin.

Violet was an active member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in New Albin. She enjoyed working outdoors with her yearly large garden and yard to tend. She loved baking her special caramel rolls and bread for her family. When Violet moved to assisted living in 2017, she continued to bake bread, sending the delicious aroma throughout the facility.

While she was still living at her home, she learned how to quilt with the ladies at St John’s Wheatland Church in rural New Albin. She volunteered at the area nursing homes with this same group of friends. Violet loved her grandchildren, and made many quilts, including baby quilts. Violet always wanted her quilts used, not to hang on a rack.

Survivors include her children: Bruce (Deb) Beneke of Houston, MN, Bob (Diane) Beneke, Daryl (Karen) Beneke and Randy (Marty) Beneke, all of rural New Albin, and Janet (Kurt) Stalsberg of Viroqua, WI. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; along with many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, in 1999; her parents; her brothers, Ralph and Howard Solberg; a grandson, Jacob Beneke; and a great-grandson, Fischer Beneke.

Online condolences may be offered at The family would like to thank Northgate Care Center staff for the compassionate and excellent care of Violet.

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