Virginia Violet Schei, 97, Luverne, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.
A funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial followed at the Adrian Cemetery.
Virginia Vogt was born on July 20, 1919, to Henry and Mary (Campbell) Vogt in rural Nobles County. She spent her childhood on the family farm near Magnolia. In her younger years she enjoyed playing softball with the neighbor girls. She graduated from Magnolia High School in 1937. She then attended Paul’s Beauty School in Minneapolis and graduated in 1938.
She married Alfred Schei on Feb. 8, 1939, at the Lutheran parsonage in Adrian. The couple farmed near Adrian until moving to their farm in Rock County in 1944. When Alfred died in February of 1956, Virginia and their son, Dennis, continued the farm operation. In 1967 Virginia started working as an office assistant at Beaver Creek Mutual Insurance Company in Luverne and worked there until her retirement in 1986. In December of 2001, Virginia moved to an apartment in Luverne. In February of 2012 she became a resident at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.
Virginia was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne where she was active with Bible Study Circle, Grace Lutheran Church Women, and Day of Doing. She was also active in the Rock County Extension Club. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and family and in card marathons. She also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States.
Virginia is survived by her children, Darnelle Mammen, New Ulm, and Darla (Paul) Aukes, Luverne; a daughter-in-law, Janice Schei, Luverne; her siblings, June Nath and Ruth Ashby, both of Luverne; her grandchildren, Kris (Brad) Polzien, Jon (Monica) Mammen, Sara (Mark) Altman, Eric (Jenny) Mammen, Jane (Dale) Berg, Marti (Brad) Thompson, Molly (Preston) Heinz and Melissa (Chris) Brown; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; her son, Dennis; her son-in-law, Harlan Mammen; her brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Ann Vogt; her sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Lester Wieck; her sister Dorothy Smeins; and her brothers-in-law, Howard Ashby and Bill Nath.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.