Velma ’Viki’ (Roth) Kimsal, 80, of Falcon Heights, died Oct. 27, 2023, from multiple myeloma. Viki was born March 10, 1943, in Dryden, Ontario. Her family lived in several Minnesota communities where her father served as a Lutheran pastor.

Viki graduated from Gibbon High School (Minnesota) in 1960 and went on to Valparaiso University, majoring in theology and graduating with a bachelor of arts degree. She worked as a deaconess in Long Island, N.Y., and married Ron Kimsal there. The couple moved to Michigan to raise their two children. She did coursework at the University of Michigan and became a licensed social worker. After a divorce, Viki moved back to Minnesota.

In the early 1990s, Viki returned to college at the same time as both of her children. She earned a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and passed the bar in 1993.

Viki served as a staff attorney for Dorsey & Whitney, specializing in Indian law and governance. She left Dorsey in 1996 to pursue her interests in ethical leadership. She served as a program officer for the Northwest Area Foundation and later as an instructor and program director at St. Mary’s University.

She met her love, Kent, in 1993 and married in 1998. They thoroughly enjoyed tennis, traveling, volunteering and socializing, always together.

Viki was always full of energy and ideas, generous and ready to jump in and lend a hand. She loved family time, cooking delicious meals and celebrating togetherness.

Viki was preceded in death by her parents Erhart and Nelda Roth and son James Paul. She is survived by her husband Kent Gustafson, daughter Jill (Craig) Sinclair, daughter-in-law Lora Horan-Kimsal, stepson Ross (Jen) Gustafson, and stepdaughter Kara Johnson, three grandsons, four step-grandchildren, brothers Ed (Ruth) and Paul (Denise) Roth, sisters Meta Krueger, Lyn (Ron) Tausen, and Kathy Roth.

A celebration of Viki’s life was held. Memorials preferred to Central Lutheran Church (Caring Crew), Align Minneapolis, the International Myeloma Foundation (Twin Cities Support Group) or a charity of your choice.

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