Virginia Ella Kranz, 86

Virginia Ella Kranz (Birk), age 86 years, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at St. Josephs Hospital, town of Polk.

Virginia was born on June 26, 1922 to Roy and Olivia (Luedtke) in Mayville. She married the late Eugene E. Kranz on Dec. 30, 1942. Virginia had a beauty shop in her home for many years. Her passion was her faith, children, grand and great grandchildren, cooking and gardening. She was a member of New Hope UCC of Jackson.

Virginia is survived by her children, Terry (Beni) of Grafton, Dennis (Aileen) of Tuscon, Ariz., Kenneth (Rebecca) of West Bend, Doreen of Jackson, Peggy (Kenneth) Kruepke of Jackson, Donna (Steven) Wiedenfeld of Mukwonago and Darryl (Linda) of Hartford. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jeremy (Kristina) Kranz, Zachary Kranz, Kerry Kranz, Garrett Kranz, Matthew (Amy) Kranz, Marcus Kranz, Micah Kranz, Kyle (Angela) Kruepke, Kori (Kevin) Guillot, Nick Wiedenfeld, Tony Wiedenfeld, and Monica Kranz, Hannah Kranz; great-grandchildren, Julia and Jesse Kranz, Emily and Cameron Kranz, and Marley Kruepke; sister, Myra Brummond of Hartford; sister-in-law June Day of West Bend; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 45 years, Eugene; twin sister, Violet Hale; and brother, Merlin Birk.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend from 4 to 8 p.m.

A Funeral Service for Virginia will be on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. at New Hope United Church of Christ of Jackson, with the Rev. James Hill officiating. Interment will be on Thursday, November 20 following the service.

Memorials are appreciated to New Hope UCC (4360 Jackson Drive, Jackson) or American Breast Cancer Society.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, www.phillipfuneralhome.com