Published On: Wed, Feb 1st, 2012

Obituary – Virginia O. Kast

YANKTON, S.D. — Virginia O. Kast, 87, Yankton, S.D. died Jan. 23, 2012, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 27, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Yankton, with Rev. Ken Lulf officiating.
Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Yankton.
Visitations were Jan. 26 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with a rosary, a VFW Women’s Auxiliary service, and a Scripture service.  Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Traci Hanel, Stacy Lorenzen, Chad Becker, Kristy Poppe, Amy Haselhorst, Trisha Dohn, Abby Lauck, Mandy Eckmann, and Brian and Mike Thunker.
Virginia “Ginny” O. Kast was born Aug. 18, 1924, at her home near Fordyce, to Bernard and Teresa (Schumacher) Jansen. She was the eldest of six girls and attended several rural schools before moving to western Nebraska. Ginny graduated from McGrew High School in Nebraska. She worked in Colorado until returning to Fordyce to marry George Kast Feb. 12, 1946. George and Ginny farmed near Menominee, until they retired in 1981, and moved to Yankton.
Ginny was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Yankton; and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary. She volunteered at the Human Services Center, St. Benedict Church, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and the VFW Auxiliary.
Her hobbies were bird feeding, art, painting, reading and following politics. She had a great love for her family, and thoroughly enjoyed traveling the United States and Europe. Ginny wrote her memoirs in 2003 as a gift to her children and grandchildren.
She leaves behind three daughters and spouses, Nancy and Ron Becker, Omaha; Connie and Garry Moore, Yankton, S.D.; and Terri and Dale Thunker, Yankton, S.D.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Miriam Henderso, Sacramento, Calif.; Jodie Arnold, Grand Island; Milly Roeseler, Omaha; and Barbara Doyle, Annandale, Va.
Ginny is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Kast; sister, Alice Gulzow; two infant brothers; and 10 brothers and sisters-in-law.