Virginia Reiswig passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at the age of 89, exactly one month before her 90th birthday.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she will be greatly missed.
Virginia Lee Ahlden Reiswig was born Dec. 13, 1930, at home to Dick and
Dortha Ahlden. She lived on her family dairy and wheat farm three-and-a-half miles northeast of Okarche.
She was baptized in December 1930 and confirmed at the age of 14 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church by Rev. Paul Hoyer, on April 2, 1944.
She had two sisters, Betty Jean Ford Mays and Minnie May Tarrant Ballard.
Virginia married Bill Joe Reiswig, her devoted husband, on April 9, 1950. They lived in Kingfisher and Bill worked at the co-op elevator as assistant manager.
Bill and Virginia had three children: Sandra, olee and Ken.
They moved the family to Drummond in 1955 where Virginia worked as a homemaker and later as an operator for the Pioneer Telephone Cooperative.
She was also an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Lahoma, the Drummond Study Club and served on the Garfield County Election Board.
In 1973, they moved to El Reno and bought into the Terminal Grain Elevator.
Virginia volunteered at Park View Hospital in El Reno as a “Pink Lady” for 20 years. Virginia was active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and other ladies’ organizations at the Trinity Lutheran Church in El Reno, where she also sang in the choir.
Bill and Virginia belonged to several card playing couples groups, a square dance group, a couples dinner/dance club in Oklahoma City and camped out and traveled with their good friends.
She and Bill traveled to all 50 states, Europe and other international destinations. Virginia was an avid bicyclist and rode her bike daily well into her 80s.
In July 2007, Bill and Virginia moved to a townhome at the Baptist Retirement Village in Owasso where they joined the Faith Lutheran Church.
In 2015, Virginia moved from her townhome to the Baptist Retirement Center’s Assisted Living. While there, she volunteered to help with the food trays at mealtimes, loved participating in all of the activities including chapel services, and most of all enjoyed playing cards every day with her friends.
Virginia lived independently in assisted living until July 2019 when she moved to Oxford Glen Memory Care in Owasso and, shortly thereafter, to Prairie House Memory Care in Broken Arrow.
She went to her final home, Heaven, on Nov. 13, 2020, and what a homecoming it must have been. Her final resting place is in the Kingfisher Cemetery beside her beloved husband, Bill.
Virginia loved Jesus and her family and friends. She had so much joy and acceptance for everyone. She rarely had a bad day or complained and was a tireless worker and took pride in being a homemaker.
Those who know her best will remember her energy and unwavering joy in life, delicious Christmas sugar cookies, her festive family holiday gatherings and her precious, childlike faith in Jesus.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Bill; her father and mother, Dick and Dortha Ahlden; sisters Betty and Minnie; and daughter Jolee Reiswig.
She is survived by her daughter Sandra Mahan and son-in-law Terry Mahan; her son Ken Reiswig and daughter-in-law Shelly Reiswig; grandchildren Tara Storjohann and husband Nathan, Stacy Redwine and husband Ryan, Mikyla (Kyla) Pace and husband Tim, and Chris Reiswig and wife Jodi; great-grandchildren Ian Storjohann, Logan Storjohann, Brysan Redwine, Tillman Redwine, Holdan Redwine, LeAnna Redwine, Warran Redwine, Daxan Redwine, Laytan Redwine, Makena Pace, Rielle Pace, Levi Pace, Trevor Pace, Ellah Burton, Karis Burton, Rennie Burton and Baby Boy Reiswig (due on Grandma Virginia’s birthday this year).
The celebration of Virginia’s life will be 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Okarche, OK (where she was also baptized, confirmed and married).
Officiating clergy will be Reverend Joel Heckmann.
Services are under the direction of Sanders Funeral Service, Kingfisher.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Saint John’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 66, Okarche, OK 73762.