Virginia "Ginny" Mae Koenig 89 of Winona died peacefully on September 8, 2019 at Lake Winona Manor. Virginia was born May 23, 1930 to Adolph and Regina (Rivers) Philipps in Winona, MN.
Virginia graduated from Cathedral High School in 1948 and married George Koenig on June 25, 1949 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wilson, MN. In 1950 they moved to Montana near relatives and returned to Winona in 1958.
Virginia was sweet and kindhearted; she loved the simple pleasures in life. She always had beautiful flower gardens that she was very proud of and loved to show visitors her latest blooms. She enjoyed baking cookies, painting, sewing and crafts, getting together with her sisters and family, reading, anything chocolate and the peacefulness of living in the country.
Virginia loved being a mom. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy, and her eyes lit up and a warm welcoming smile appeared the moment she saw them. Holidays and birthday get togethers were some of her favorite times. She loved to cook big meals and talk and laugh. She had a wonderful sense of humor.
Virginia's Catholic faith was very important to her. It guided her through the most difficult times in her life, giving her strength and hope. She instilled those beliefs in her children and grandchildren.
Virginia is survived by her husband of 70 years George (Bud) Koenig, children Debbie Koenig, Jim (Lisa) Koenig, Mary Koenig, Melanie (Dan) Messmann. Grandchildren Robin (Kimberly) Donalds, Bryon (Holly) Koenig, Jason (Penny) Koenig, Jessica Koenig, Codey Martin, Lee (Sara) Wade, Mariah (Patrick) Hardesty, Sean (Nichole) Koenig, Daniel (Rachel) Koenig, Maggie Messmann and Ellie Messmann. Great grandchildren Nick, Rhiannon, Caden, Annabelle, Ivy, Rachel, Lily, Brooklyn, Laina, Neil, Olivia, Kaelyn, Ethan, Evelyn, Lucas, Easton, Sagan, and a great granddaughter due in January. Great-great grandson Deegan. Siblings Jeanette Lelwica, Donald Philipps, Sally (Dave Breza) Scott, Dorothy Chadbourne, Eleanor Roloff, Catherine (LeRoy) Czaplewski. Sisters-in-law Vera Philipps, Judy Philipps, Winifred Philipps and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, sons Gregory, Patrick and George Jr., Siblings Everett Philipps, Alois Philipps, Robert Philipps, and Marguerite Redig.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful caring staff at Lake Winona Manor, they were truly amazing.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday September 14 at 11:00 am at the Basilica of Saint Stanislaus Kostka.
Visitation at Hoff Celebration of Life Friday September 13 4pm-7pm
Jim, Bud, & Family ~
You all have my Deepest Sympathy.
Hugs & Prayers ~
Vicki (Lageson) Krauss
Bud and family, So sorry for your loss John And Pat Bergaus
To Ginny's family, our prayers are with you at this difficult time. May your memories of her be of great comfort to you!
David and Diane Bauer
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