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Virginia K. Geraets

Virginia K. Geraets

Virginia K. Geraets age 66 of Elmwood, passed away on Sunday May 6, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire surrounded by her family.

Virginia was born March 12, 1952 in Wayzata, MN, she was the daughter of Jack and Marlys (Cropp) Bowell and grew up in the San Jose area of California. They moved to Menomonie in 1969 and Virginia graduated from Menomonie High School in 1970. Virginia attended U.W Stout for a year and began working for Sanna Diaries for a few years. She married Steven J. Geraets September 14, 1974 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood. After marriage they made their home on the Geraets family farm, where they farmed and raised their family.

Virginia was very active in the Pierce County 4-H programs. She loved going to the Pierce County Fair to watch her children and grandchildren show their animals. She enjoyed doing craft work and was an avid reader. She cherished her time spent with her husband, children and grandchildren and all of her animals.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Steve, her children, Tony (Shannon) of Mankato, MN, John (Stacey), Patrick (April) and Stephanie Wells, all of Elmwood; eight grandchildren, Brendon, Mikena, Megan, Kaylie, Presley, Jorden, Braylen and Brenner; two sisters, Shirley Smith and Carla Podoll both of Menomonie, several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law, Ryan Wells and a sister, Rinda Kassera.

Memorial services will be 11:30 AM Friday May 11, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Prince Raja officiating, burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM Friday until the time of the services at the church.

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Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the family.