Virginia E. Nicholas, 85

Virginia E. Nicholas, 85, passed away peacefully on April 27, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family. Virginia was born in Milwaukee on March 17, 1925, to Herbert and Erna Tolksdorf of Cedarburg.

Virginia graduated from Milwaukee Teacherís College (circa 1945) and started her teaching career in Hilbert, where she met and later married Gilbert Suemnicht (deceased). Virginia is survived by their four children, Sharon White of Sylvis, Ill.; John Suemnicht (Cynthia) of Lubbock, Texas; Bonnie Donahue of Eugene, Ore.; and Robert Suemnicht of Haight, Mich. In addition to her brother, Richard Tolksdorf of Prescott, Ariz., and her sister, Jean Eernisse of Cedarburg, Virginia is further survived by seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Virginia married Verle Nicholas on June 23, 1974. Together, they put their hearts into creating and building a home in Grafton that Virginia has enjoyed living in for the last 37 years. Before Verle passed away in 1986, they enjoyed many activities together, including the Sweet Adelines Barbershop Quartet; Saturday night square dancing with the Country Promenades; vegetable and flower gardening; bird watching; and traveling the country in a small camper.
Virginia met Adolph Winter of Wheaton, Ill., in 1988. He survives her. They continued to enjoy many of the same activities as well as ball room dancing, tours that they organized for the Turners, and an exciting RV adventure to Alaska.

All of her life, Virginia was a dedicated teacher and passionate librarian. In the late 1960s, she received her Masterís Degree in Library Science. She created the libraries for the Grafton Elementary School and Ozaukee High School. After retiring she continued her love of books by volunteering at the Cedarburg Public Library.

Learning was paramount in Virginiaís life. She was active with the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association and enjoyed classes in photography, German, yoga, meditation, genealogy and even a course in auto mechanics Ė just to mention a very few.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Washington Avenue, Grafton on Friday, April 30, with visitation from noon to 2 p.m. and the service to follow.

The Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences please go to