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Virginia M. Glucklich, 66

Virginia (Ginny) Mae Glucklich, age 66, of Citrus Heights, CA, formerly of Cokato, entered into eternity with Christ Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, thus ending her battle with cancer.

Ginny’s husband, Pastor Walter (Wally) Glucklich, formerly served as pastor at Elim Mission Church in Cokato.

There will be a local memorial service Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at Elim Mission Church, with Pastor Wally and his family in attendance.

Ginny was born March 31, 1947, in Charles City, IA, the daughter of Fred and Eva (Caster) Hauser of Nashua, IA. She grew up in Nashua and attended the Nashua schools, graduating in 1965.

She furthered her education at Moody Bible Institute, graduating in 1968 with a general Bible diploma (with emphasis in Christian education).

Virginia married Walter (Wally) Glucklich July 18, 1969, at the Waverly (IA) Baptist Church. They remained in the Chicago area for the next six years as Wally completed his Christian ministry studies.

Prior to coming to Cokato, the couple served at First Covenant Church in Oakland, CA; and Modesto Covenant Church in Modesto, CA. Walter was senior pastor at Elim Mission Church in Cokato for 18 years.

Upon Wally’s retirement, the family moved to Citrus Heights, CA to be with their children and grandchildren.

Ginny was a woman of faith in the reality of Jesus Christ. She had a strong hunger to know God and to live a life that pleased Him.

A gentle and loving woman, Ginny easily touched hearts. Her greatest love was experienced by her three children, whose lives were enriched by her grace, insight, tenderness, and firmness as a stay-at-home mom. These attributes were additionally extended to her eight loving grandchildren.

Ginny’s desire to nurture and care was also expressed in her love for indoor and outdoor plants, and she had a natural “green thumb.”

Her other love was music. She delighted in singing God’s praises as a soloist, in a women’s chorus, as a member of a worship team, and in church choirs. She also enjoyed teaching Sunday school to third- and fourth-graders for many years; as well as playing piano and accordion.

In addition, Ginny loved to sew, was a creative organizer (especially by using fruit crates), and enjoyed cooking, baking, and inventing fun crafts from simple materials. To experience God’s great creation, she loved walking, bike riding, and hiking.

In her writings, Ginny had a wonderful way of blending the practical, technical, intuitive, and spiritual to encourage the recipient’s heart. But the greatest impact came in the way she touched the lives of people, young and old. Everyone she encountered felt her genuine loving interest; they were important to her.

When her children grew older, Ginny worked at the church preschool, as a secretary for various businesses, and was a customer service representative at Crest Electronics in Dassel. Her most gratifying work was experienced during the three years she cared for her ailing mother.

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Eva Hauser.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Walter; three children: Nate (Jennifer) of Santa Rosa, CA, Sam (Miriam) of Janesville, CA, and Tina of Citrus Heights, CA; and eight grandchildren; Megan, Molly, Gideon, Natalie, Gracie, Elizabeth, Lilly, and Justin.

Ginny is also survived by two sisters, Mary Jane Linton of Hartville, OH, and Jean (David) Drayer of Capistrano Beach, CA, as well as by many cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles, and aunts.