Viola “Tootie” D. Merryman

November 10, 1935 - June 2, 2017

WARSAW, MO - Viola “Tootie” D. Merryman, 81, of Warsaw, MO, died Friday, June 2, 2017 at her home.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 P.M., Thursday, June 8th at Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson with Pastor Judy Wozniak officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Cataldo Schott Funeral Home in Forest City is in charge of arrangements.

Viola “Tootie” Delores (Hagenson) Merryman was born November 10, 1935 in Thompson, Iowa, to parents Elmer and Isabell Hagenson. She attended school in Thompson and was baptized in the Lutheran Faith. On March 25, 1953 she was united in marriage to Robert Berhow at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union, four children were born: Gescha, MaDonna, Douglas and Timothy. On May 24, 1974 she was united in marriage to Duane Merryman at Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson. Tootie never met a stranger, had a spirited personality, an amazing sense of humor, and family, friend or foe always knew where they stood. She worked at Winnebago Industries for 30 years in Shipout, and later in the Plastics division. She retired to Warsaw, Missouri in 1998 with her husband Duane.

She enjoyed country living, feeding and watching hummingbirds and milder winters. She also enjoyed spending time with family, friends and neighbors, luring guests into a challenging game of 500, watching the Minnesota Vikings, camping, boating, fishing in Canada and Lake Michigan, and fish fries at the acreage.

Survivors include her best friend / husband Duane Merryman; four children: Gescha Heitland of Lake Mills, Iowa; MaDonna Merriam of Lake Mills, Iowa; Douglas (Janet) Berhow of Forest City, Iowa; Timothy Berhow of Jamaica, Iowa; Katrese (Don) Ebbers of Ankeny, Iowa; Kevin (Laurie) Merryman of Maxwell, Iowa; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Robert Hagenson, and granddaughter Dawn Lunning.