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Virginia Dahnke

November 25, 1918 — April 6, 2015

Virginia Dahnke, 96, died on Monday, April 6, 2015 at ClayCo Care Center in Barnesville, MN. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, April 13, 2015 at St. James United Church of Christ with Pastor Wendy Ward officiating. Burial will follow in City Cemetery, Barnesville, MN. Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM Sunday, April 12, 2015 with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM at Dobmeier Funeral Home in Barnesville. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral service. Virginia Lenora Edblom was born November 25, 1918 to Richard A. and Frieda (Janneck) Edblom at Barnesville, Minnesota. She graduated from Barnesville High School in 1936 and then attended and graduated from Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. She was then employed by Montgomery Ward Company in St. Paul. In 1939 she returned to Barnesville where she was employed by Norby Department Store. In 1967 Virginia joined the Tupperware Company as a consultant and later as a unit manager, a position she held for 16 years, then once again becoming a consultant. On June 17, 1940 she married Frederick Dahnke. They made their home in Barnesville where they raised four children: Diane, Frederick Jr., Janet and Richard. Virginia was a member of St. James United Church of Christ and its organizations. She was a charter member of the Leornian League and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, having served as Worthy Matron for two years. Virginia enjoyed professional basketball; the L.A. Lakers and coach Phil Jackson being her favorite team and coach. The last time they won the NBA championship she wrote a letter to Phil and he in turn sent her an autographed, colored picture of the team. She also enjoyed the Cooking Channel, "Emeril Live" being her favorite. Virginia is survived by her children: Diane (Merle) Nelson and Frederick Jr., all of Barnesville, MN and Janet (Kenneth) Witt, Missoula, MT; three grandsons: Bruce (Julie) and Mark (Nichole) Nelson of Barnesville, and Hunter Dahnke of Missoula, MT; two great granddaughters: Amanda and Abbey Nelson and two great grandsons: Anthony and Joaquin Nelson. Virginia is also survived by three special friends: Eileen Plath, Sodonna Gamel and MaryAnn Johnson and a very special young friend, Miles Mudderman. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Fred in 1994; son Richard in 2002; and a sister Ruth Peisch. Virginia Dahnke Funeral Folder
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