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Viola A. Kurtz Biver
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Birth: Feb. 15, 1916
Death: Apr. 12, 2011

Viola A. Biver(1916 - 2011)
Viola Biver

Viola A. Biver, nee Kurtz, 95, of Belleville, Ill., born Feb. 15, 1916, in Pinckneyville, Ill., died Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill.

Mrs. Biver was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill. She also was a member of the Perpetual Help Sodality at the church.

Viola was preceded in death by her husband of over 70 years, Arthur J. Biver, whom she married on June 15, 1937, and who died on April 7, 2008; her parents, Anthony and Viola, nee Luetkemeyer, Kurtz; three sisters, Florence Amann, Dorothy Amann and Alma Weik; and a brother, George "Bud" Kurtz.

Surviving are her three sons, William (Carole) Biver of Belton, Mo., Thomas (Sandy) Biver of Millstadt, Ill., and John (Lisa) Biver of Fowler, Ohio; two daughters, Mary (Thomas) Dewein of Belleville, Ill., and Teresa (Larry) Hoff of Swansea, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Diane (Anthony) Quinn, Nancie Biver, Amy (Tim) Hasara, Lea (Chris) Kwapis, Sue (Tim) Hogan, Gregory (Megan) Dewein, Emily (Chris) Scott, Elizabeth (Ryan) Lee, Larry Hoff, and Michael (Michelle) Glascock; 12 great-grandchildren, Anthony, Aidan, Liam and Kellan Quinn, Corrine Kwapis, Sidney Hogan, Ben Hasara, Megan and Matthew Glascock, Elleanor and Sophia Scott, and Mia Lee.

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,

I'm following the path God laid for me.

I took God's hand when I heard the call;

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,

to laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way.

I found that place at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.

Ah yes, these things too I will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow;

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life's been full, I've savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,

Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wanted me now, God set me free.

Memorials may be made to St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., or in the form of Mass offerings. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2011, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill. A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, from George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Father David Darin and Msgr. James Margason officiating. Burial will be held at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.


Published in Belleville News-Democrat from April 14 to April 15, 2011
Family links: 
  Arthur J. Biver (1913 - 2008)
Green Mount Catholic Cemetery
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Apr 19, 2011
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