Obit: Vircks, Harriet I. (1922 - 2015)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Berry, Bjerke-Ulliman, Brunner, Draeger, Draeger-Untiedt, Gerber, Langer, Neibacher, Nelson, Spina, Vircks, Winchell

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 7/09/2015

Vircks, Harriet I. (Berry) (7 NOV 1922 - 29 JUN 2015)

Harriet I. Vircks, 92, Abbotsford, died Monday, June 29, at the GoldenLiving Continental Manor in Abbotsford surrounded by her loving family and under the care of the Ministry Home Care Hospice.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Holway with Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman officiating. Interment will take place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Stetsonville. Visitation will take place from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Holway.

Pallbearers are Lincoln, Patrick and Charlie Vircks, Beth Spina, Matt Brunner, Holly Draeger-Untiedt and Christopher Gerber. Hemer Funeral Services of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements.

Harriet was born on Nov. 7, 1922 in the town of Holway to the late Charles and Clara A. (Nelson) Berry. Harriet attended Lawndale School in Little Black.

On September 12, 1942 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stetsonville, Harriet married the love of her life, Arthur “Bud” C. Vircks and he preceded her in death on December 18, 1976.

After her education, Harriet moved to Chicago, Ill. where she worked at a munitions factory during WWII. After their marriage they bought a farm west of Stetsonville where they farmed for 34 years. She moved to Abbotsford in 1990. Harriet worked at the Medford Hospital as a Nurse’s Aide for a number of years. She then worked at the Taylor County Human Services until her retirement in 1991.

Harriet was a loving mother to eight children and five foster children. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, baking, playing cards with her friends, whittling, telling stories, bird watching and she loved spending time with her family and friends.

She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post No. 519 and past member of Zion Lutheran Church.

She is survived by children, Karleen (Michael) Langer of Barrington, Ill., Kristin Brunner of Abbotsford, Brian (Mardel) Vircks of Phoenix, Ariz., Kaye (Michael) Gerber of Sun Prairie, Boyd (Diane) Vircks of Colfax, Kari Draeger of Medford, and Berle (Sylvia) Vircks of Cortland, Ohio; a sister, Lois Neibacher of Medford; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son Barton C. Vircks and brothers Otto and Clyde Berry and a sister Helen Winchell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Harriet’s name to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Holway.

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