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Virginia Sprafka

Sept. 12, 1916-Nov. 12, 2010

Former longtime Detroit Lakes resident Virginia E. Sprafka, 94, of St. Paul, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the Health and Rehabilitation Center of New Brighton in New Brighton, Minn.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Virginia was conducted at St. Agnes Catholic Church in St. Paul on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Interment was in the St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Perham.

Virginia was born to Edwin and Mary Huseby on Sept. 12, 1916, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. She grew up and attended schools in the Prairie Provinces of Canada. In early adulthood she moved to Chicago and attended a school of nursing. It was there that she met Ambrose E. Sprafka, M.D.

On Feb. 12, 1938, Virginia was united in marriage to Dr. Sprafka in Frankfort, Ind. A short time later they moved to Perham for nine months and then Detroit Lakes. Dr. Sprafka had a private medical practice in Detroit Lakes for many years and Virginia was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. Together they reared four sons and a daughter. Her husband, Ambrose, died in June 1980.

Virginia was an active and faithful member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church when she resided in Detroit Lakes. She was a member of Christian Mothers and a church circle for several years. She became a member of St. Agnes Church in St. Paul when she moved to the Twin Cities where she lived with her son, Edward.

Virginia enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, reading, visiting with friends and family, playing cards, and being faithful and active in her church. In her youth, she was an avid curler. She was supportive and took great delight in her children's, grandchildren's, and great-grandchildren's endeavors. Virginia was a generous and gracious woman whose greatest joy was making family and friends feel welcome. She's left a lasting, loving impression on all who knew her.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Ambrose; son, Charles Merlin; daughter, Virginia Emslander; son-in-law, Daniel Emslander; great-granddaughter, Alyssa; father, Edwin Huseby; mother, Mary Forcier Huseby Cormier; brother, Albert Huseby; a sister, Thelma; half-brother, Raymond Forcier; and half-sisters Mae (Forcier) Alexander and Rose (Forcier) Panier; step-father, Arthur Cormier; and step-brothers Percy Cormier, Raymond Cormier and Aubrey Cormier.

Virginia's loving, caring, and giving nature will be missed by her surviving sons, Edward, St. Paul; Ron (Sandy), Detroit Lakes; Harvey (Connie), Knoxville, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Jeannie Sprafka, Vadnais Heights, Minn.; and her 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to a charity of choice.