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By The Mercury

Viola Blanche (Weygandt) Dodge, 91, a longtime rural Olsburg resident, died Dec. 6 at Via Christi Village in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born May 19, 1922, in Keats, the daughter of Elton Ray and Gertrude (Pruett) Weygandt. Viola graduated from Keats High School in 1938.

On January 8, 1941, in Manhattan, she was married to Glenn Wiard Dodge. Together, they worked on a dairy farm where they milked, bottled and delivered raw milk in Manhattan. In 1945, they rented and later purchased a farm on McIntyre Creek, south of Olsburg, where they farmed and ranched for more than 60 years. Glenn preceded her in death on June 3, 2009.

Viola served the Blue Valley School District for 35 years as a board member or district treasurer. She served on the Pawnee Mental Health board for several years, and served as a legislative representative for Kansas Agri-Women. She was also active with the National Organization for Women and was invited to attend the national meeting in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. She was a member of the Helping Hands Club.

In 1990, she was presented the highest award given by the American Agri-Women, “The Leaven Award,” for identifying the issues and speaking on behalf of agriculture.

Viola is survived by her two children, Lois Dodge Hellebust and her husband, Gary, of Olsburg, and Dan Dodge and his wife, Teresa, of Olsburg; and four grandchildren, Mattie and Jeb Hellebust, and Darren and Justin Dodge; and one greatgrandchild, Braxton Birdsall.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, and five siblings, Bernice Thom, Helen Acquistapace, Ida Mae Weygandt, Hazel Greene and Elton Ray Weygandt, Jr.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Sedalia Community Church with Reverend Kevin Larson officiating. Interment will follow in the Sedalia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sedalia Community Church or the Blue Valley Foundation Fund to benefit the Blue Valley school system. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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