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Sept. 9, 1925-Aug. 3, 2013

Former Detroit Lakes and Jamestown, N.D.-area resident Virginia A. Stitzer, 87, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 in Raleigh, N.C.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Virginia was born to Carl and Alice (Dahlin) Freeberg on September 9, 1925 in Omaha, Neb. She met Horace "Bob" Stitzer in Omaha, and married him on November 25, 1944. Bob and Virginia traveled while Bob was in the military. After his discharge, they moved to Carrington, N.D., where they owned and operated the S&S Coffee Shop.

In 1953 they moved to Jamestown, where Bob was a salesman for American Hardware Mutual Insurance Co. and Virginia started the Jamestown Answering Service, which she operated out of their home.

Bob and Virginia enjoyed spending their leisure time at their lake cottage on Lake Melissa in Detroit Lakes. Bob was an avid golfer and frequent participant in the Pine to Palm golf tournament.

After Bob's passing in 1997, Virginia moved to Raleigh to be close to her children. She enjoyed spending time with her family, working crossword puzzles and shopping - especially yard sales and QVC. Her loving family includes Melody Meadows, Rick Stitzer, Rob and Debbie Stitzer; grandchildren Marnie Kinsey, Jeff Meadows, Robbie and Jen Stitzer; and great grandchildren, William, Madison, Kaitlyn, Casey and Bailey.

Besides her husband and parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her brothers, Arthur, Herb and Gunnar; and a sister, Doris O'Brien.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Duke Cancer Institute (