Virginia Rohner

Virginia Rohner

Sunday, August 6th, 1922 - Sunday, November 8th, 2020
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Virginia Rohner, 98, of Dubuque died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, at Oak Park Place.

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and will be live streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Funeral Home Facebook page.

Virginia Marie Wagner was born in Dubuque August 6, 1922, the daughter of Edwin and Marie (Schueller) Wagner. She was the eldest of five children. She spent her growing-up years in the North End of Dubuque and in Albert Lea and Mankato, Minnesota, where the family lived for a few years during the Great Depression.

She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1939 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Clarke College in Dubuque in 1943. After graduation, she worked as a schoolteacher in Titonka and Monticello, Iowa. Later, she was employed at radio station WKBB (now WDBQ) in Dubuque.

She married Frederic Michael Rohner on Oct. 4, 1948, at St. Columbkille Church in Dubuque. He died Feb. 4, 2017. They were the parents of four children and were longtime members of St. Joseph the Worker parish in Dubuque. She was also a longtime member of St. Josita’s Mothers Club.

She eventually returned to teaching and worked for several years as a substitute teacher with Dubuque Community Schools and as a tutor at Hillcrest Family Services.

Ginny, as she was known to her friends and family, was a lifelong lover of nature and wildlife. A favorite place was White Pine Hollow State Forest where, as a student, she enjoyed hiking and camping with friends.
She was also an avid traveler. Ginny and Fred traveled throughout the United States and Canada, as well as to Europe, South America and the Caribbean. While in their 70s, Ginny and Fred took an extended road trip to Alaska.

She is survived by three sons, Mark (Sharon) of Rosemont, Maryland, William (Kathy) of Peoria, Illinois, and Daniel (Kim) of Dubuque; a daughter, Ellen (Dennis) Kremer of Dubuque; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Karl (Janet) of Dixon, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ed and Marc, a sister, Dolores “Dolly” Gates, and a granddaughter, Mary Alice Jenkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Schools, Dubuque.
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    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 10:30am
    St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
    60 S. Algona Street
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Mass will be private, and will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home Facebook page


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Janet Glasgow

Posted at 04:33pm
My thoughts and prayers are with the Rohner family. Ellen I always remembered how sweet your mother was and know that she is now watching over you and your family Janet Glasgow

Ellen Kremer Posted at 09:28am

Thanks, Janet. Yes, she was very sweet and we were fortunate to have our mom for so many years.

Tom Lynch

Posted at 06:51pm
I grew up on Gandolfo and remember Mrs Rohner very well. She was such a nice person. My condolences to the family.

Ellen Kremer Posted at 09:39am

Thanks, Tom.

Dan Martin

Posted at 08:30am
Hello Rohner family. So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have so many special memories of our time on Collins Street and relationships with the Rohners. Both your Mom & Dad were very kind to us but especially patient!
Deepest sympathies and best wishes to all.
Dan Martin

Dan Rohner Posted at 06:33pm

Dan - Thanks for your note. Yes, great memories of our time growing up. After Mass, the funeral procession drove down Collins St. and paused in front of our houses. A special touch for all of us. Great to hear from you! Dan

Mark Wagner

Posted at 03:39pm
I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to Virginia's family. As a youth I spent many enjoyable visits at the Rohner Household where Virginia was very gracious and welcoming. Though not knowingly related, she reminded me that we were both Wagners. Rest in peace Ginny.

Mark Wagner

Dan Rohner Posted at 10:23pm

Mark - Thanks for your kind words. I remember your friendship with brother, Mark. And I keep in contact with your sister, Beth, through my college roommate, Bob. Dan

Dan Rohner Posted at 10:50pm

And say hello to Marybeth!

Mark Rohner Posted at 04:49pm

Hi Mark, I have many fond memories of your folks as well, and all the great times we had together as kids. Thanks so much for the kind thoughts.

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