Viola E. Kaempfe, 82, Hays, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at Via Christi Village.

She was born Nov. 23, 1936 in Alden to Clyde W. and Ida C. (Lengel) Vincent. She received her nursing certificate and BSN degree from Fort Hays State University.

She married Jerry L. Kaempfe on Aug. 30, 1959, in Hays. They celebrated 52 years of marriage before he preceded her in death Sept. 17, 2011.

Viola was a registered nurse at Hadley Hospital and local doctors’ offices and for a couple of semesters she taught classes in the FHSU nursing department.

She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, DAR, AARP, the church choir, a teacher for the Vacation Bible School, and was very active with church events. She enjoyed gardening, her apricot trees, going for walks, animals, taking vacations with her family, music, and attending FHSU events and community social activities including the Hays Public Library Feed and Films program. She loved the Hays Larks and was an avid Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan.

Survivors include a son; Victor L. Kaempfe and girlfriend, Susan L. Roberts of Amarillo, Texas; a daughter, Tina E. Anguish and husband, Albert, of Stilwell; a grandson, Richard Kaempfe; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Jerry.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 am Saturday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2000 Main, with Rev. Rocco Mallardi officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Allen Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays, and from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the Jerry L. Kaempfe Scholarship at FHSU, FHSU School of Nursing, Sunflower Clydesdales, or the Messiah Lutheran Church, in care of the funeral home. Condolences and memories of Viola can be left at