Longtime Alaskan resident, Virginia M. (Lastufka) Strebel passed away last Wednesday evening, July 24, 2013, in Prescott, Arizona after a long, hard fought battle with Alzheimer's and breast cancer. She was 63 years old. Virginia, known to many as Ginny, was born on October 11, 1949 to Charles and Anna Lastufka in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. She spent her childhood growing up in Sacramento, California with her 13 other brothers and sisters - she was number 9! Ginny attended high school at Loretto High School in Sacramento. Ginny received a full scholarship to attend the University of California, San Francisco and graduated in 1972.
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In the early 70's, she took a road trip with some of her sisters and friends. They ended up in Whittier, Alaska. Ginny worked in Whittier as a sheet-rocker and a painter for the City. She helped in preparing for the first sale of the condos at the Begich Towers in 1974. Ginny then worked for Western/Delta Airlines and Teamsters Local 959 up until her retirement a few years ago. When she was working for Delta, Ginny met and later married David Strebel.
Ginny will always be remembered for her warm heart and sweet nature. She touched the lives of a lot of people with her courage and strength and she will forever live on in our hearts and memories.
She is survived by her husband, David, 12 of her siblings and their families spread across the United States and many dear friends. Ginny was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Anna, and her infant sister, Kathy.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ginny's name to either the Alzheimer's Foundation or to the Susan G. Koman for the Cure.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2013