Virginia Amundson, 78
Blue Earth Virginia (Ginny) Amundson, age 78, passed away Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, losing her battle with MDS. Services were Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at United Lutheran Church in Frost with Rev. Arne Halbakken presiding.
Ginny was born on Oct. 7, 1937, in Litchfield, the daughter of Paul and Caroline (Thompson) Nimz. The family moved to the Frost area where she attended and graduated from Frost High School in 1955. After high school, she jumped on a bus for Biloxi, Mississippi, where she met up with her high school sweetheart, Donald E. Amundson. They were married on June 10, 1955, in the Air Force Chapel at Keesler AFB, the first of 18 moves through their 61 years of marriage, living in six states and the country of Bangladesh. Don and Ginny raised their two daughters and helped raise five foster children while in the Frost area and one more (John Gotham) while in Sandpoint, Indiana and their move to Bangladesh. While living in Frost, Ginny drove school bus for 14 years for the Frost School District and worked at Frost State Bank for nine years. The couple left Frost in 1977 and settled back in the Blue Earth area after retirement in 1998. Ginny liked to travel (visiting all 50 states!), spend time with family, get together with her coffee group on Monday mornings and volunteer at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, until her health declined.
Ginny is survived by her loving husband, Donald E. Amundson of Blue Earth; her daughter’s, Wendy (Jim) Anderson, of Marine on St. Croix and Debra (Chuck) Gullord ,of Visalia, California; foster son, John (Claire) Gotham, of Atlanta, Georgia, John’s three children, six grandchildren, Mitch (Michelle) Anderson, Nikki (Matt) Brandt, Brendt Anderson, Brenda (Chuck) Nelson, Kayleigh ( Derek) Verissimo, Candice (Chris) Whitaker, eight (soon to be nine) great-grandchildren; her sister, Violet (Nimz) Young, of Alden and many nieces, nephews and friends all over the country.
She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Elvin and Dorothy Amundson; brothers-in-law, Larry Young, Darwin (Pete) Amundson and Roger Halverson and nephews James (Jim) Oswald and Dan Amundson.
Memorials are preferred to St. Luke’s Foundation.