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Virginia Lee (Augustine) Klapheke

1934 - 2017
Virginia Lee (Augustine) Klapheke Obituary
Klapheke, Virginia Lee (Augustine),

was called home by her Heavenly Father on February 2, 2017, at the Nazareth Home.

Virginia was born May 12, 1934, the only child of Bernard and Hazel (Ferg) Augustine. She was a 1952 graduate of Dupont Manual High School, and attended Spalding College and the University of Louisville.

She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Rudy Klapheke, in 2014. She is survived by her four children - Julia Luerman (Steve), Philip Klapheke (Helen), Rebecca Clark (Keith) and Paul Klapheke (Nancy), and six grandchildren, Mark Klapheke (Aya), Chris Klapheke, Erin Clark, Olivia Clark, Sara Klapheke and John Paul Klapheke. An infant grandchild, Kristen Klapheke, predeceased her grandmother.

Virginia worked as a legal secretary from 1957 to 1971. While working full-time and raising her children, she taught herself stenography through a mail-order course. She began her career as a court reporter for the Jefferson County Circuit Court in 1971. Virginia was instrumental in reactivating the Kentucky Shorthand Reporters Association, and served as its President. In 1978 she established a freelance firm, General Reporting Services. Later Virginia moved her office to her home (the business then named Digital Media) where she worked with her son, Paul. In 2014, she retired and was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the Kentucky Court Reporters Association.

Always an animal lover, Virginia was a longtime supporter of the ASPCA and the Kentucky Humane Society. She found homes for stray dogs and dearly loved to spoil all the pets of family and friends.

Virginia played the violin and loved musical theater, instilling that love of music and harmony in her children. She sang with the Derby City chapter of Sweet Adelines for many years, competing regionally and internationally.

In her thirties, Virginia took gymnastic lessons at American Turners, competing regionally and performing in Turners' Annual Circus along with her son, Phil.

She roller skated since she was a young girl and eventually met her future husband, Rudy, at the Fourth Street Skating Rink. In later years, she studied artistic roller skating and participated in dance and figures competitions well into her 70's, going to Nationals four times.

She loved to travel. A memorable trip to Rome in 2003 included family members singing with the St. Barnabas and St. Xavier Choirs at the Vatican. Virginia and Rudy celebrated their 50th Anniversary on a family cruise to the Caribbean, and she made four pilgrimages to Our Lady of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Virginia was a remarkable lady. She was fiercely loyal and protective of her loved ones. Her determination, hard work, dependability and perseverance were hallmarks of her personality. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Nazareth Home and Home Instead for their loving attention and caregiving to Virginia and her family.

Visitation will be on Sunday, February 5th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Ratterman's Funeral Home at 3800 Bardstown Road in Louisville. Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be at 3:00 PM

Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM at St. Raphael the Archangel Church at 2131 Lancashire Avenue in Louisville, with burial to follow at St. Michael's Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society and the Down Syndrome of Louisville.

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6, 2017
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