Viola Doris Wachs, 99


Viola Doris Wachs, 99, died Friday, June 10, at Windmill Manor Nursing Home in Coralville.

Memorial services will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty. A celebration of life will follow from 3:30 until 7 p.m. at the Wolf Shelter in the Kimberly Park, West Liberty. A memorial fund has been established. Family funeral services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Viola was born September 12, 1922, the daughter of Roy and Elsie Shoemaker Middleton and grew up in her early years with oil lamps, no electricity and rode in a horse and buggy to church on Sundays.

On Sept. 15, 1940, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Wachs in West Liberty, first boy she ever kissed and lived happily with him until his passing in 2001.

She retired from Proctor and Gamble after many years of employment.

Vi was an excellent seamstress and loved making clothes for her children and grandchildren, enjoyed traveling, cooking (especially homemade chicken and noodles), and her dogs.

She lived most of her life in West Liberty. In her later years she moved to Seattle to live with her daughter and granddaughters, spending 16 years before returning to West Liberty several years ago.

Survivors include three children: Connie (Dennis) Schumaker of Bettendorf, Teresa Wachs of Coralville and Bill (Edie) Wachs of West Liberty, one daughter in law: Janice Wachs of West Liberty. Ten grandchildren: Doug and Kim Schumaker, Dave and Amy Schumaker, Cathy Schumaker, Dr. Caryn and Scott Brown, Jodi and Bill Simon of West Liberty, Mitch Wachs, Cassie Warren, Ashley Wachs, Matt and Kristi Wachs and Jill and Ryne Paul. She is also survived by 16 great grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lloyd, and a son Dennis.