Virginia Palke, 92, of Willmar, formerly of Clara City, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at Clara City Care Center. Her funeral was at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. Burial was at Bethany Reformed Cemetery in Clara City.
Virginia Elva Palke was born on May 24, 1927, in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of Lawrence and Frances (Christiansen) Engelhardt. She grew up in Omaha where she attended Benson High School and graduated with the Class of 1945. She was united in marriage to Fred Palke Jr. on Feb. 8, 1946, in Omaha. The couple lived in Omaha and Fred began farming in Blair, Neb., in 1952. They later purchased a farm in rural Clara City, in 1958. The couple lived and farmed in Clara City and raised their three children. They retired from farming in 1974 and moved into Clara City in 1983. Fred passed away in 2008. Virginia continued to live in Clara City and in 2013, she entered Scandia Haus in Willmar.
Virginia was baptized at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and confirmed at Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha. She was a member of Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City, where she was active as a Sunday School teacher and a member of Mission Circle. She enjoyed bowling, golfing and fishing. She and Fred would often have get-togethers with friends and play cards.
Virginia passed away Oct. 30, after a brief stay at Clara City Care Center. She is survived by her daughters, Susan (and Ed) Evenson, of Beresford, S.D., Karen Henslin, of La Habra, Calif.; son, Thomas (and Kathy) Palke, of Willmar; seven grandchildren, Benjamin (and Grace) Henslin, Jaclyn (and Geoff) Mainwaring, Rachel (and Keith) Hengerle, Rebecca (and Minh) Tran, Amy (and Stephan) Benzmann, Brittni Palke, and Jill (and Mark) Edwards; 11 great-grandchildren, and sisters-in-law, Margaret Johnson, of Montevideo, and Doris Engelhardt, of Omaha.
Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, brother, and grandson, Josh Palke.
Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, of Willmar, was in charge of the arrangements. (