In Memory of

Virginia Gayle Koenen

August 5, 1920 - September 18, 2017
Virginia Gayle Koenen

Virginia Gayle Koenen

Born: August 5, 1920
Died: September 18, 2017
Age: 97

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     Virginia Gayle Koenen, the daughter of Fred and Matie (Gipple) Richter, was born on August 5, 1920 in Anita, Iowa. At an early age, her family moved to Sac City, IA, where she graduated from high school in 1938.

     Virginia married Donald Lester Koenen on May 22, 1940 in Sac City. After Donald’s discharge from the Navy they moved to Spencer in 1946. They built there retirement home on West Okoboji in 1978 and enjoyed many happy times with family and friends before moving back to Spencer in 2005.

     Virginia was a homemaker. She and Donald were involved with their three daughters’ activities and she skillfully sewed most of their clothes. She was a charter member of the Women of the Moose joining in 1948 and over the years was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Virginia enjoyed playing BINGO and cards and was an avid Cubs fan, loved to read and do search word puzzles.

     Virginia passed away September 18, 2017 at St. Luke Lutheran Home. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald in 2006; infant sister, Betty Jean; sisters: Dorothy Beaver and Marilyn Shugart and son-in-law, John Frans.

     Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Linda (Tom) Valdahlof of Decatur, IL, Donna “Deaner” Frans of Spencer and Patti (Ivan) Pixler of Custer, SD; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Private Services will be held at a later date.
Pastor John Syvertson
Northlawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:35 AM
“So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, Linda, Deaner and Patti. Prayers for you all.”
- Sue Watkins
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 8:07 AM
“Thinking of you, Donna and your entire family during another life change ~ the loss of your Mother. It doesn't matter how old the person is, they are changeless to those of us who have loved them in this life.”
- Kay Wilson
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 2:55 PM
“So sorry to hear about Virginia, she was a great condo neighbor and I loved coming home at night to find tomatoes on my back step. She will be missed.”
- Carla & Dale Hofmaster
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 9:11 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Virginia was a sweet-heart.....and a wonderful seamstress, she made my prom dress. Her and Don were friends of my parents so I had the opportunity of getting to know them....very nice people! My sympathies to you all.”
- Dawn Meyer Hansen
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM
“"Ma" Koenen was a favorite of the Porter girls! She will be missed.”
- Sue Eilers
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 5:35 PM
“So sorry to hear of Virginia's passing, but know she is in a good place. So enjoyed seeing her and chatting with her at my cousin Nancy's Christmas parties. Such a sweet lady and loved her smile. Blessings to you all. ”
- Sharon Anderson
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:25 PM
“So sorry for your loss. She was a sweet Lady.”
- Barbie Walker
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:25 PM
“I have wonderful memories of Virginia , she was good friends my dad, I hope you can meet up with em on the other side, my sincere condolences to the koenen family ”
- susan clifton pearson
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