Elvira Piva - June 11, 2009
Elvira Viona ‘Vi’ Majors Ahrens Piva peacefully passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at her retirement home, “The Gardens” apartment in Littleton, Colo., having suffered a severe stroke. Vi was in the care of Hospice of Saint John there, as well as The Gardens’ wonderful caregivers in her last days.
Vi was born to Wm. H. Majors and Cora Etta Dukes Majors on Sept. 22, 1919, in Hayes Center, Neb., and graduated from Chase County High School in Imperial, Neb., in 1939. (This would have been the 70th year.)
Viona was married to Rueben Ahrens in 1940. To this union one son, Charles Rueben Ahrens, was born. His parents divorced.
During WWII she was employed at numerous Imperial businesses, one was Reese Clothing Store and in Wauneta, The Federated Store, under Karl Nelson.
Later Vi was married to Alfred H. Piva, both of Oshkosh, Neb., on Oct. 5, 1962 in Cheyenne, Wyo. They had been married 42 years at the time of his death on Nov. 19, 2006.
The couple lived at Coram, Mont., for many years. Upon Al’s death Vi lived with her son, Charles ‘Chuck’ Ahrens and wife, Diane, in Littleton, Colo., before moving to “The Gardens” to make her home in March, 2007.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wm. and Etta Majors; sister, Elmira Fielder, brother, William ‘Bill’ Majors and a grandson, Erich Ahrens.
She is survived by her son, Charles ‘Chuck’ Ahrens and wife, Diane of Littleton; grandson, Michael Ahrens and wife, Lisa, and great grandchildren Nicolle and Jason of Parker, Colo.; brothers, Keith Majors and wife, Yvonne, of Willmington, N.C., Donald Majors and wife, Bonnie Jean, of Wauneta, Neb., James Majors and wife, Joann, of Rogersville, Mo.; sister-in-law, Ibbie Majors of North Platte, Neb.; brother-in-law, Louis Piva and wife, Ruth, of Chappell, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Services were held Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Littleton, Colo., with inurnment at the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo.