Virginia A “Ginny” Pfannenstein, 87
Jan. 3, 1933-Oct. 14, 2020
Virginia A. “Ginny” Pfannenstein, 87, of St. Joseph, died Oct. 14 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Her funeral was held Oct. 20 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. The Rev. Jerome Tupa, OSB, officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Pfannenstein was born on Jan. 3, 1933 in St. Martin to Henry and Hildegard (Schaefer) Schmitz. She married Aloys “Junior” Pfannenstein on June 20, 1951 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. She owned and operated the St. Joseph Meat Market with Aloys “Junior” from 1968 until 1997. Pfannenstein lived in St. Joseph all her married life. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Senior Citizens, and the Council of Catholic Women. She was a woman of strong faith.
Pfannenstein enjoyed gardening, canning, being at the lake, cooking, baking and crocheting. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
Survivors include the following: her children, Cyril (Janet) of St. Joseph, Joan (Gary) Vanderweyst of Glendorado, Harvey (Carol) of St. Joseph, Richard (Sherri) of St. Joseph, Karen (Galen) of Avon, Sharon Pueringer of Sartell, Patrick (Joan) of St. Joseph and Paul (Tammy) of St. Joseph; 36 grandchildren; 71 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Larry Everson; brothers and sisters, Ernest (Barbara) Schmitz of Iowa, Angeline Gillitzer of Waite Park, Lillian Notsch of Black Duck, Donald (Luella) Schmitz of Cottage Grove, Alcuin Schmitz of Big Fish Lake (Richmond), Doris (Henry “Jack”) Holthaus of St. Martin and Floribert (Rose) Schmitz of Roscoe; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Junior in 2008; daughter, Doreen Everson; grandchildren, Tammy J. Pfannenstein, Dana Pfannenstein and Brandon Vanderweyst; son-in-law, Mike Pueringer; and brother and sister, Walter Schmitz and Lucille Hart.
A special thank you to the St. Joseph Rescue, St. Joseph Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff’s Department, Mayo Ambulance and St. Cloud Hospital staff for their professional care provided on Oct. 14. An additional thank you to Dr. Jen Chirhart and Jen Budde of CentraCare in St. Joseph for the care given to Ginny. Thank you also to the Daniel Funeral Home staff for all the guidance during this funeral process.