Violet Viola May Rohrs, 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 29, 2011 in Redmond, WA.  She was born to George and Florence Bretthauer on September 24, 1917 in Columbus, North Dakota.  She lived in Yakima for over 57 years and was known to many as the bookkeeper at Downtown Bookkeeping and Tax Services for 31 years.

Violet is survived by her son, Vic Perez of Juneau, Alaska; her daughter, Patricia Gawenka of Redmond, Washington; her daughter, Bonnie Dombrowski of Selah, Washington; eleven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, William Rohrs of Yakima, Washington; her daughter Louise; her grandson John Perez; her brother, Robert Bretthauer; her sister, Irma Curtis; her brother, Harold Webb; and her sister, Dorine Lenberg.  Violet lived a very full and happy life.  She will be missed greatly by the many people whose lives she touched over the years.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Violet’s niece, Elnora Turner of Yakima, WA for the love, support and care she gave her aunt through the years; to Sammamish LakeView Adult Family Home for all their excellent care of Violet during the past year, and to Evergreen Hospice Services for the wonderful end of life care they provided..

Graveside services will be held on Friday, November 4 at 2 p.m. at Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima, Washington.


  • Scott Webb says:

    Violet was always smiling. She was a very strong willed person and was always kind hearted. She and my dad, her brother Harry Webb, and I would play guitars while Violet sang old songs. It was great fun. We loved her cooking also. She had a great recipe for enchiladas as well as many other things. She will be missed greatly. In her later years Violet’s hearing wasn’t as good, but she would compensate by carrying most of the conversation. This was not a problem because she was a great conversationalist. Rest in peace.

    Love, Scott, Theresa, and Nathan.

  • Tanya & Bob Craven says:

    Our condolences on the passing of your lovely mother. So happy we got to meet her. She was such a lovely lady. She had such a dedicated work ethic and a wonderful demeanor. She made the world a better place and she will leave a void. She is on a wonderful journey now to all that is good. God Bless this fine woman.

    Love, Tanya & Bob

  • Shelly (Hillius) Voris says:

    Some of my earliest memories of Aunt Violet were at my house when family come and play guitars and we would all sing. I used to love to listen to her yodel. I thought that was the most awesome thing. I also remember when my mom Dorine, Violet’s sister and us kids would visit her and she and my mom would spend hours making tamales.
    Even though I did not see her often in her later years, I still did not forget what a great lady she was.

    Love Shelly Voris(Hillius)

  • Judy Senecal says:

    Violet was a dear, sweet lady whom I had the privilege to get to know in her later years after she retired and moved into Englewood Garden Apts. I had a toy poodle named Beau, and Violet offered to take him out for walks at Noon time while I was at work. I told her she had enough to do walking her dog, Willie, many times every day, but she insisted that it wasn’t too much for her, and she really wanted to do it, so she did! She made friends with many people along the way as she walked the dogs. She enjoyed going to Gospel meetings with me when she was able. She loved to have my grandchildren come visit her and to give them quite a lovely variety of cookies and icecream for treats! She always had a twinkle in her eye, and usually an interesting story to tell. I missed her when she moved to Redmond, but was thankful that her daughter, Pat, made sure that she got the best of care. I was also glad to get to go with her niece, Elnora Turner quite a few times to visit Violet. Was so glad to get to go in September to her 94th birthday and see how happy she was to be surrounded by family and friends. I’m very thankful to God for bringing Violet and her family into my life.

    Love, Judy Senecal

  • Marina Perez says:

    I was just going through some of my fathers old letters from Violet, who was his grandmother. I had never heard about her so decided to search online and found this. I wish I had went through these letters sooner, so I could have had the opportunity to meet her. She sounds like she was a great woman. I wish I had the chance to know my great grandmother.

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