MADISON, Minn. – Memorial services for Virginia Zupan will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2014 in the Madison Lutheran Home Chapel. Father Brian Oestreich will officiated at the service. Special music was provided by organist Sally Fernholz, and duet by Lisa Haas and Kay Fernholz Active Urn Bearers were Timothy Zupan, Thomas Zupan, Tara Zupan and Taylor Zupan. Honorary Urn Bearers were her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and the Hilltop Staff. Spring burial will be in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.
Virginia Elizabeth Schwagel was born on August 2, 1912 to parents Frank and Frances (Hammer) Schwagel in Richmond, MN. She was the 9th of 15 children. She was baptized and received First Communion at the Catholic Church in Richmond. Virginia attended country school near her parents’ home. She worked as a housekeeper in St. Cloud before her marriage. On August 31, 1937 she was united in marriage to Raymond Zupan in St. Cloud. To this union 3 children were born.
After their marriage, Virginia and Raymond moved to Minneapolis where she found employment as a waitress. In 1954, they purchased a bar in Courtland, MN. They ran the Zupan bar until her retirement in 1987. She then moved to California from 1987 – 1999. She moved back to Minnesota in 2000. She resided in Sleepy Eye until she moved to Madison in 2011 where she has resided until her death. Virginia passed away on December 25, 2013 at the Madison Hospital. She had reached the age of 101 years, 4 months and 23 days.
In life, Virginia enjoyed working in the bar, playing cards (especially Cribbage), cooking wild game, fishing and decorating for the holidays. While living in California, she took great pride in tending to her beautiful Rose Garden. She prayed the Rosary daily for her family and was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Madison. Her motto was “To tell it like it is and no beating around the bush.”
Left to mourn Virginia’s death are her children, Lyle (Sharon) Zupan of Madison, MN; Karen (Robert) Warren of Prescott, AZ and Frank Zupan of Lancaster, CA; 7 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren and one brother Ralph (Mary Ann) Schwagel of Richmond, MN; sisters-in-law, Delores Schwagel of St. Cloud, MN and Helen Smuda of Rhinlander, WI; brother-in-law, Elmer Schwinghammer of Albany, MN and many nieces and nephews.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond who passed away in 1972, her 13 brothers and sisters and one granddaughter.
Blessed be her memory.