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Virginia Wendt -- Zumbrota

December 27, 2017 GMT

Virginia Krahling Wendt, age 91, of Zumbrota, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at the Zumbrota Care Center.

She was born July 26, 1926, in Sheldon, Iowa, to William and Mabel (Buren) Krahling. She graduated from Sheldon High School and in 1948 graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a teaching degree. She began her teaching career in Mountain Lake, Minn., and then moved on to teach in Blue Earth, Minn. There she met and married Donald Wendt in 1949 and became a homemaker, raising their five children on the farm in Blue Earth and later in Zumbrota, where they moved in 1966. They later divorced.

Virginia worked as a substitute teacher into the 1970s. She later moved to Rochester and enjoyed teaching at Saint Marys Hospital, where she made many new friends.

Throughout the years, Virginia enjoyed playing the piano. She occasionally played the organ at her church in Blue Earth and Zumbrota. Her favorite piano music was Moonlight Sonata which she learned in eighth grade. Virginia was an accomplished seamstress sewing many of her own and family’s clothes. She enjoyed baking. She loved to travel taking trips to Spain, Scotland, the Panama Canal, the intercostal waterways of the East Coast as well as trips to Florida. She also traveled to California, to visit her brother’s family, Texas to visit her daughter’s family, Nevada to visit her son, and parts in between.

Virginia was always eager to attend any family reunion and any and all class reunions near and far. She loved to read and in her later years reading became her passion.

Virginia is survived by her children, Jim (Connie) Wendt of Zumbrota, Steve (Sue) Wendt of Owatonna, Keith Wendt (Ivan Serrano) of Las Vegas, Jean (Jim) Holton of Dallas, Ga., and Barb Wendt (Steve Kania) of New Hope, Minn.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bernice Krahling of San Raphael, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Buren Krahling.

Virginia was loved by many and will be missed deeply by her family and close friends who will always remember her as a strong, independent and assertive woman willing to share her opinion on most any subject.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Zumbrota. Guests will be welcomed one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will follow the service.

A graveside service will be held in George, Iowa, at a later date.

Memorials are preferred to the First Congregational United Church of Christ or donor’s choice.