Virginia Lee (Augustine) Klapheke
1934 - 2017
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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 Courier-Journal from Feb. 4 to Feb. 6, 2017.
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February 4, 2017
A remarkable and unique lady, who led a life of action, dedication, determnation, excitement and excellence in her profession and everything else she touched. Always called upon her for depositions throughout my career. Very special person and it has been an honor to have known her. God Speed Virginia - a 'life well led' and those who shared it with you, as have I, are honored.
J. Bruce Miller
February 4, 2017
Phil, Helen and Sara, all of you. as well as your family are in my prayers. I will share a story about your mother that happened at St. Teresa downtown. Virginia overheard a lady ask for help
as she needed to go to another city. Virginia noticed she did not have a coat with her. October weather changes rapidly so Virginia asked the lady if she would like her sweater and gave it to her.
She told the lady to take the sweater because she
had another wrap to use. As Virginia was leaving church, I asked her if she forgot her wrap and she replied no. When asked didn't you tell that lady you had another wrap she replied: I do,
but its at home. I will be warm enough in the car.

The least you do for my brothers and sisters you
do unto me. As I pray for all of you I will ask Virginia to say hello to Jesus for us. I will miss
her and Phil.

Deacon Jim Sturgeon
February 4, 2017
I'm sorry to hear of Virginia's passing. She was a very admired court reporter in town. As a young reporter with two small children I can remember her words of encouragement. I don't know any of her children but Paul and he's certainly adopted her work ethic. My thoughts are with the family
Kitty Shay
February 3, 2017
Becky, after reading your Mother's obituary, I am amazed at what an interesting adventurous life she led. Her life was certainly lived to the fullest. You
and your entire family have my deepest sympathy.
Karen Beymer
February 3, 2017
Becky & Family,

Bob and I send our condolences at this difficult time. What an amazing life and legacy your mother leaves! Hope to see you Sunday afternoon.
Sending love and light,

Suzy and Bob Brill
Suzy Brill
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