Virginia Krausnick - December 31, 1969
Virginia May Krausnick age 88, left her family unexpectedly on April 23, 2014, at the Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman, Neb. She was born on Feb. 22, 1926, in Oak, Neb., to Ivan Henry Littrel and Lillie Pearl Snyder Littrel.
She attended country school and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1942. Virginia met her husband, Dale, at choir practice at the Mount Zion Methodist Church, southwest of Wauneta, Neb. They were later married in that church in 1947. To this union one son, Duane, and three daughters Diana, Dwana and Karen, were born.
After high school she joined her sister, Rosemary, in Washington D.C. to work at the Pentagon. She served her country in a War Service Appointment where she started out as a junior clerk typist and was promoted six times to a clerk research assistant from 1943-1944.
Her other endeavors included working as a teacher in a country school, teaching Sunday school, working at Grimm’s Hardware store, and she and Dale also ran a restaurant in Wauneta, Neb.
Dale and Virginia lived southwest of Wauneta on the Krausnick homestead of three generations until 2007 when they moved to Rainbow Fountain Park in Benkelman, Neb. She was a devoted farmer/rancher’s wife on the family farm and occasionally went with Dale in the semi.
She was a member of the Mount Zion Methodist Church, United Methodist Church in Wauneta and the WSCS (Women’s Society of Christian Services). She enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling, music, spending time with her family and occasionally in her leisure time playing the slot machines.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ivan Littrel, mother Lillie Littrel, infant son Duane Krausnick, husband Dale Krausnick, brother Roy Littrel and sister-in-law Shirley Littrel, sister-in-law Marilyn McCrumb, and brother-in-law Al Darsa and nephew Jerry McCrumb.
Survivors include daughters Diana Krausnick and husband Tony Larkin of Greeley, Colo., Dwana and husband Keith Roschewski of Benkelman, Karen and husband John Metzger of Benkelman; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; sister Rosemary Darsa of College Station, Texas; brother Virgil Littrel and wife Connie of Trenton, Neb., and brother-in-law Al McCrumb of Wauneta.
A celebration of life was held at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta, Neb., on April 26, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Bonnie McCord officiating.
Music was provided by organist Mrs. Diana Ham. Songs chosen were “How Great Thou Art” by Martina McBride, “In The Garden” by Alan Jackson and “When I Get Where I’m Going” by Brad Paisley.
Casketbearers were Jamie Littrel, Jerry Littrel, Brent Littrel, Troy Littrel, Jasen Littrel and Crystal Yearous.
Honorary casketbearers were Amanda Ummel, Cris Roschewski, Monica Metzger and Shawn Metzger.
Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Wauneta, Neb.
A memorial has been established in her name to the Dundy County Hospital.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta was in charge of the arrangements.