Vi was born in Waupaca on December 4, 1928, the daughter of the late Albert and Laura (Johnson) Nicolaisen. On June 28, 1958, Vi married William J. Austin in Waukegan, IL and he preceded her in death on May 28, 1998. Vi enjoyed Lakemen Baseball games, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, and spending time with her family. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Vi is survived by her daughters: Christine Schultz, Waupaca; Lori (Don) Gerber, Madison and Lisa (Matt Ranscht) Austin, Theresa, WI; her grandchildren: Nick Schultz, Matt Schultz, Gregory (Nikki) Austin and Wes (Katie Zwirchitz) Austin; her great-grandchildren: Hannah Jo Austin and Landon Christopher Austin and her brother: Gordon Albert Nicolaisen, Rockville, Maryland. Vi is also survived by other nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends who called her “grandma”. Vi was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, Robert “Augie” Austin; a brother, Perry C. Nicolaison and a sister, Jeanette Johanna Hopkins.
The Funeral Service will be on Thursday, November 17 at 11 a.m. at the Holly Funeral Home, Waupaca with Reverend Bryan Robertson, officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca. Visitation will be on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Vi’s name.