Szklarski, Virginia Ann (Dostal) (1938-2006)

Virginia Szklarski passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2006 after a 15 year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 68 years old.

Virginia Ann Dostal was born on January 24, 1938 near Badger, MN to Norbert R. and Helen Dostal. She was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith at St. Mary’s Church in Badger. She attended country school near Badger and graduated from Badger High School in 1956. She went on to earn a teacher’s certificate in Thief River Falls and taught in a one-room school house in Wannaska, MN for one year before getting married.

In 1958 she was united in marriage to Chester Anton Szklarski, son of Anton and Elizabeth Szklarski at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Badger. They made their home and raised six daughters in Augsburg Township, near Florian. Virginia stayed home to care for the children until the youngest was almost in school. She then went to work for Arctic Cat in Karlstad, sewing snowmobile suits and other clothing. After several years, she transferred to the Thief River Falls facility. In the early 1980s she decided to find a new career and became a nurse’s aide at the Karlstad Healthcare Center. She enjoyed her job very much, as she loved caring for others and visiting with the residents.

Virginia was a devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, wife and sister. She loved to bake, crochet and sew, and frequently made matching outfits for her six daughters, quilts and other homemade treasures. She also loved to play the piano and the accordion. As a mother of six daughters, she was always busy running them to school and church activities, and she enjoyed attending their concerts and sporting events. She was also very involved in the Assumption Catholic Church of Florian, serving as president of the Ladies Sodality, a eucharistic minister, and CCD teacher.

In 1991, at the age of 53, Virginia was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease and had to retire from her job at the nursing home. She participated in a trial drug study at the Mayo Clinic for two years before any drugs were approved for this disease. Unfortunately the disease took its toll and she became a resident at the Karlstad Healthcare Center in September of 1994. Her husband, Chester, remained devoted to her, visiting her daily. In 2001, Chester joined her as a resident where they shared a room until his passing in January 2004.

Virginia is survived by her six daughters: ReNae (Joe) Beltrand of St. Louis Park, MN; Darlene (Jerry) Pietig of Independence, MN; Denise (Darryl) Korynta of Chapel Hill, NC; Regina (Eric) Flaten of Bakersfield, CA; JeriAnn Szklarski of Minneapolis, MN; and Janelle (Gary) Schmitz of Hastings, MN. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Megan, Scott and Emma Korynta; John and Zachary Flaten; Lindsay, Andrew, and Laura Pietig; and Ellen and Claire Schmitz. Also left to mourn her passing are her two brothers and four sisters: Bernard (Lois) and Jim (Kathy) Dostal both of rural Badger, Margaret (Mrs. Eugene) Kuznia of Bloomington, MN; Julianna (Mrs. Hilary) Kuznia, Edwardine (Mrs. John) Szklarski, and Lillian (Mrs. Mike) Kuznia all of rural Stephen; along with several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Chester, and her loving parents, Norbert and Helen Dostal.

[Interred Assumption Catholic cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky