Viola “Vi” Alberta Ressler, 83, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister passed away peacefully on July 4, 2023, at Eventide, Fargo. Mass of Christian burial will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 10 at Pro-Cathedral of St. Mary, 806 E Broadway Ave., Bismarck.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck.
Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bismarck.
Vi was born to John and Johanna (Rahrich) Lipp on July 28, 1939. She was raised on the family farm with her beloved sister, Elaine. She was educated in a one room country school until her family moved to Bismarck, where she attended and graduated from St. Mary’s High School.
Following her graduation, she attended business school at Bismarck Junior College. She enjoyed a 20+ year employment as an administrative assistant with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation prior to her retirement.
On December 28, 1967, Vi married Raymond Ressler in Bismarck. Raymond passed away suddenly in June 1970. Following his passing, Vi focused on raising her three children and putting them first and foremost. She supported and attended their many extra-curricular activities. She took the kids on many adventures, including camping and trips to the lake in Minnesota. Her family meant the world to her. Vi maintained a close relationship with her sister, Elaine. She cared and kept up with Elaine’s eight children as if they were her own. She was a bright ray of sunshine to not only her family, but for those all around her. It was easy to notice her infectious laugh and vibrant personality.
She maintained a very active social life. Vi was surrounded by people, being a part of many clubs. She volunteered at St. Alexius, Bismarck, until she moved to Fargo. She enjoyed playing cards and working on crafts. Vi’s faith was very important to her. She was an active member of Pro-Cathedral of St. Mary in Bismarck.
Those left to carry on her bright light include her children, John, Oklahoma City, OK, Brenda (Bill) Wahlman, Pick City, and Tamera (Kory) Skoog, West Fargo; three grandchildren, Brittany (Casey) Sundeen, Jacob DeWall, and Samuel Ressler; one step-grandchild, Z. Longie: and one special great-grandson, Barrett Sundeen; sister, Elaine; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Raymond; and her parents.