Virginia D. Berrens "Mrs. Be"
Virginia Berrens, Oshkosh, died Saturday, April 20, 2013. She was born on October 1, 1930, in Menasha, WI. Virginia was united in marriage to Donald Albert Berrens in October of 1949, at St. John's Church, Menasha. He preceded her in death on January 15, 1990. After raising her daughters, she worked at Banta Publishing Company, moving on to Sears in Oshkosh and Grand Chute retiring in 1990. Mrs. Be was a very active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Neenah, and a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Menasha. She taught Sunday school preschool classes, mentored confirmation students, and actively participated in Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML).
Mrs. Be is survived by her daughters: Barbara (Fred) Kaun, Neenah; and Donna (James) Hoelzel, Neenah; grandchildren: Robert (Laurie) Gaines, Mesa, AZ; Jennifer Hoelzel-Bouhram, Neenah; Korry (Dan) Brenner, Gilbert, AZ; and Daniel (Julia) Hoelzel, Neenah; great grandchildren: Alexandrea, Leif, Youssef, Abigail, Isaac, Paige, Jack, Claire, Alaina, and Alex; sisters-in-law: Carol Jean Colby and Peggy (Robert) Kunz; brother-in-law: Gary Kirchhoff; and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her family of faith at Peace Lutheran Church.
Virginia was preceded in death by a sister: Patricia Kirchhoff; brother: Ronald Smith; and beloved mother: Hattie Smith Williams.
Memorial services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013, at Peace Lutheran Church, 1228 S. Park Avenue, Neenah, with Rev. Ricky P. Schroeder officiating. Inurnment will follow. Visitation will be held Friday at the church from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated to the LWML-SWD, or to the Peace Lutheran Church Stained Glass Window Fund.
The family would like to thank the ICU staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital for the care given to Virginia in her last week with them.
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30