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Virginia Barfknecht, 89

Virginia Catherine Barfknecht, age 89, of Watertown. died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.

She was born July 15, 1922, in Ogema, MN, the daughter of Henry and Minnie Imgrund Neises.

Virginia graduated from Wadena High School in 1939.

She was joined in holy marriage to Richard Barfknecht Sept. 11, 1948, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano. God blessed their marriage with four children.

Virginia was formerly employed for 19 years by the US Postal Service in Watertown.

Her main interest in life was her family, and she enjoyed being with them and doing things for them. Virginia also loved to travel.

A member of the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo, Virginia was a lifelong, devoted Catholic who practiced her faith every day.

She is survived by two sons, Terry Barfknecht (Sharon) of Howard Lake, and Kevin (Kelly) Barfknecht of Lester Prairie; two daughters: Mary Barfknecht of New York City, and Ann Barfknecht of Waverly; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Dalton, Kristy Barfknecht, Lacy Christopherson, Rich (Sarah) Barfknecht, and Nick Nygaard; six great-grandchildren; nephews James and Gerald Neises; a niece, Jean; and many other relatives and friends.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Barfknecht in 1991; a granddaughter, Lauren Nygaard, in 1987, at the age of 5; her parents; a sister, Helen, in infancy; a brother, Robert Neises; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Neises.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Father David Hennen was the celebrant for the Mass. Interment followed at St. Francis Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Terry Barfknecht, Kevin Barfknecht, Rich Barfknecht, Nick Nygaard, Brandon Kottke, and Kenny Dressel.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.