|5/16/2018 9:37:00 AM|
Virginia Hay, 88, of Win-dom, formerly of Heron Lake, died May 7, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake.
A Celebration of Life service was Friday at United Methodist Church in Heron Lake with Pastor Carolyn Doering officiating.
Special music was provided by Marie Stagemann, organist; and Anne Marie Vassalotti, vocalist.
Casket bearers were Nathan Hay, Allison Hay, Jenna Hoppenworth, Anne Marie Vassalotti, Stephen Vassalotti and Ethan Hoppenworth.
Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Heron Lake.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Virginia Elizabeth Hiebert was born Dec. 17, 1929, to Frank and Dorothy (DeWolf) Hiebert in Mt. Lake. She grew up in Bingham Lake and graduated from Bingham Lake High School in 1947.
She attended, then graduated from Franklin Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis in 1949 as a licensed practical nurse. After moving to Windom, she began her nursing career at the Windom Hospital.
In 1953, Virginia married Charles "Charlie" Hay at Bingham Lake Methodist Church. They moved to Heron Lake, where Charlie farmed and worked in the insurance business. Virginia continued her work at the Windom Hospital before moving to the Heron Lake Hospital and Heron Lake Nursing Home. She retired in 1989.
She then was employed, until her full retirement, with Jackson County Human Services as an outreach worker for clients with mental health concerns.
For many years, Virginia organized the annual kindergarten hearing and vision screening for the Heron Lake-Okabena School District. For her efforts, Virginia was honored by the Minnesota Education Association as a "Friend of Education" award winner.
Virginia was a member of Arbutus Chapter No. 169 Order of the Eastern Star, United Methodist Church of Heron Lake, Heron Lake Legion Auxiliary, Heron Lake Library board, Heron Lake Community Club and served on the board of directors for Home for Creative Living in Windom. She also was involved with various groups at her church.
She enjoyed organizing the monthly "nurses luncheon" with past colleagues from Windom Area Hospital and playing Rummikub with her friends, Katie, Lois, Judy and Mavis.
Virginia also enjoyed cooking meals for her family and any potluck or church event and attending her grandchildren's activities. She was an avid Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, Lynx and Gophers fan.
She will be remembered for her love of family, church and the lifelong care and advocacy she provided to her daughter, Amy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie; her daughter, Amy Beth; a brother, Delevan Hiebert; a sister, Louise Brugman; and an infant son at birth, James William.
Survivors include her children, John (Lori) Hay of Heron Lake and Mary (Paul) Vassalotti of Cross Plains, Wis.; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Nancy Jenkins of Stillwater.