Virginia Ann Dinkel, 87, of Russell, Kansas died on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Russell Regional Hospital. 

Virginia was born on January 26, 1931 in Ellis, Kansas, the daughter of Frank Gross and Mary Werth.  She grew up in Gorham, Kansas and graduated from Gorham High School in1949.  She was united in marriage to Loren Dinkel on May 21, 1951.  They made their home initially in Gorham before moving to Russell.  From this union they were blessed with seven children..  She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Russell.  She graduated from Brown Mackie Business School before her marriage when she became a full-time homemaker and mother of her children.  Virginia enjoyed her many friends, with whom she kept in close contact for many years.  The loves of her life where her husband, Loren as well as her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving family include children Janice Dinkel and husband Glenn Phelps, Jay Dinkel, Bryan Dinkel and wife, Kay, Laurel Dinkel and husband Doug Cubberley, Bradley Dinkel and wife Denise, Kevin Dinkel and wife Teresa, and daughter Deanne Dinkel.  Also surviving are her nephews, Verlin Fisher and wife, Kathy, Mike Gross and wife, Dawn, Wes Gross and nieces Leanne Gross, Teresa Gross and Del Herald.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Brent Dinkel and wife, Stacy, Todd Dinkel and wife, Andrea, Angela Morris and husband, Bryan, Jesse Dinkel and wife, Cassandra, Cole Dinkel and wife, Nichole, Ashley Westerman and husband, Alex, and Sophia Cubberley Dinkel and twelve great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Fred, Virgil, Leroy and sisters Jenny and Corrine (Butch) and infant sister Delphine.Virginia is also survived, by TwillaFroelich, her friend of 75 years, and her daughter, Colleen Cooper and dear friend, Alice Schmidt.

A celebration of Virginia's life will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, February 03, 2018, at the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell, Kansas.  Burial will follow at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Russell.  A vigil and rosary will be held at 7 P.M. on Friday, February 02, 2018, at the St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church.  Visitation will be on Friday, February 02, 2018, from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. at the mortuary.  Memorials may be given to the Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas, and may be sent in care of the morutary.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.


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