Virginia Haas – 83


Virginia A. Haas, age 83, of Gaylord, formerly of Winthrop, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2008, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord. Funeral Service was Saturday, November 1, 2008, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop, with interment in the Morton City Cemetery. The Rev. Paul Tessmer officiated.

Virginia Alice (Schultz) Haas was born on April 2, 1925, in Birch Cooley Township, Renville County. She was the daughter of Otto and Clara (Kropp) Schultz. Virginia was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth at Zion Lutheran Church in Morton. She received her education in Morton and was a 1943 graduate of the Morton High School.

On June 14, 1944, Virginia was united in marriage to Jack Haas in Morton. After their marriage the couple resided in Morton. In 1951, the couple moved to Winthrop and in 1991, Virginia moved into Amberfield Apartments in Winthrop. In 2001, she moved to Lafayette Assisted Living, and in 2002 she became a resident of the Heritage House in Gaylord and lived there until 2004. Virginia and Jack were blessed with six children and the couple shared 42 years of marriage before Jack passed away on July 27, 1986.

Virginia was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winthrop, and the Winthrop American Legion Auxiliary Post #314, where she held various offices and volunteered by serving morning coffee at the old Legion Club building. She also worked elections at city hall.

Virginia was employed in production at 3M in Hutchinson as a machine operator. She also worked at Telex in Glencoe and did egg candling at Rosenberg’s (now M.G. Waldbaum’s) in Gaylord. She retired in 1991. Virginia was a volunteer driver for Trailblazer Transit, where she would drive people to appointments and to the post office. She was also a loving homemaker.

Virginia enjoyed attending dances, playing bingo, collecting Elvis memorabilia and both hosting and shopping at garage sales. She also loved attending singles parties and was a member of the Glockenspiel Club in New Ulm. Virginia especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

When she needed assistance with her daily care, Virginia became a resident of Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord, on October 4, 2004.

Virginia is survived by her: children, Gary Haas and his wife, Lonna of Racine, Cheryl Rose and her husband, Duane of Gaylord, Jack Haas, Jr. of Hector, and Robin Haas of Hector, SuzeAnn Schwarzrock of Winthrop, and Fuzz of Hutchinson, Pamela Haas of Gaylord, and Jerine Nelson and her husband, Randy of Winthrop; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Olesen and her husband, Darrel of Grantsburg, WI; three brothers, Bernard Schultz and his wife, Gloria of Morton, Clarence Schultz of Lake Crystal, and Lloyd Schultz and his wife, Marcella of Bird Island; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Clara Schultz; husband, Jack Haas; a great-grandson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Honorary casket bearers were granddaughters, Heidi Bendix, Heidi Haas, Bridget Brekke, Justeen Harrison, and Jackie Sondrol. Casket bearers were grandsons, Jason Rose, Chad Haas, Craig Haas, Justen Rose, Kelly Rose, and Brandon Nelson.