Virginia M. Geyen, 84

Virginia Mae Geyen, age 84, of St. Bonifacius, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.

She was born March 31, 1931, in St. Bonifacius, the daughter of Walter and Lena (Thurk) Reichenberger. Virginia was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius.

She was united in marriage to Gerald Geyen Jan. 30, 1951, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius.

Virginia was an eight-year veteran volunteer at Mary’s Wish Furniture Depot in Waconia. She was amazing at customer service, treating everyone with kindness and respect.

She marveled at how many different ethnic groups shopped at the store. Her world of Germans and Norwegians was given a wide berth as she made friends with African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and so many other families.

Mary’s Wish partners in a homeless shelter in Carver County. The shelter bears her name, “Virginia’s Place.”

Virginia’s smile was contagious, and she loved the little ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Lena Reichenberger; and brothers Jim, and Jack Reichenberger.

Virginia is survived by her loving family: husband Gerald; children Marilyn Wilson and Greg Peterson of Hamburg, Tim (Lois) Geyen of Delano, and Lisa Theisen and fiancé Matt Urspringer of Watertown; grandchildren Derrick (Lisa) Wilson, Zachary Wilson and friend Tori Olson, Sarah Geyen, Tyler (Rachel) Geyen, Megan Geyen and friend Cody Yohn, Ross Theisen, and Dane Theisen; and great-grandchildren Ashley, Sophia and River.

Virginia is further survived by her sisters, Juel Schulz of Waconia, Myra Ulmer of North Dakota, and Lois Aretz of Waconia; sisters-in-law Luella Reichenberger, and Vija Reichenberger, both of St. Bonifacius; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius with Father Joseph – Quoc T. Vuong as celebrant. Interment was in the church cemetery.

There was a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

Virginia’s grandchildren were her urn bearers.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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