Virginia Venem, 1920-2019

Published 1:00 am Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Memorial services for Virginia “Gin” A. Venem will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Eileen Woyen will officiate. Friends may visit with family one hour before the service at the church. Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting the family.

Virginia died Thursday, April 4, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Community on Fountain Lake. She was 98.

She was born May 30, 1920, in Rocky Ford, Colorado, the daughter of Holger F. and Hilda M. (Hansen) Frandsen.

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She was united in marriage to Harold Venem on June 28, 1942, at Trinity Lutheran Church and they made Albert Lea their home during and after World War II. They moved to Fosston in 1952 and settled in Moorhead in 1955. Virginia moved back to Albert Lea in 1987 after her husband’s death.

Virginia had her own beauty shop from 1939 to 1952. She had been active at Trinity Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school, Thursday Bible school class and enjoyed circle.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans auxiliaries. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, counted cross stitch and a bit of traveling.

She is survived by sons Robert Venem of Fargo, North Dakota, and Rodney (Christine) Venem of La Vergne, Tennessee; granddaughter, Jessica Lee Venem, of La Vergne; nephew, Donald (Cindy) Westland, of Albert Lea; nieces Lois (Dave) Abell of Montana and Lucy (Mike) Segesky of Minnetonka; and brother-in-law, Elroy Madson, of Minnetonka.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents Holger and Hilda Frandsen; sisters Lois Frandsen, Alta Mae Madsen and Doris Westland; and her husband, Carroll.