Virginia K. Ogren

Died: Sat., Nov. 7, 2009

Funeral Service

Wed., Nov. 18, 2009

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WAKARUSA -- Virginia Catherine (Wagner) Ogren, 88, of Miller's Merry Manor in Wakarusa, passed away on Saturday (Nov. 14, 2009).

The daughter of the late Karl J. and Katherine (Dillon) Wagner, she was born in Sidney, Ohio, on Sept. 17, 1921. She married Robert J. Ogren on Feb. 16, 1946, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband, in Wakarusa; her daughter, Mary (Bill) Gronke of Lake Geneva, Wis.; three sons, Hugh (Lynn) Ogren of Mishawaka, Jim Ogren of San Francisco, Calif., and Paul (Beth) Ogren of Minneapolis, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Katie, Mark (Heather) and Thomas Rylko, Paul and  Molly Ogren, and Ben, Peter and Jacob Ogren; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Braet and Joshua Rylko; two brothers, K. Thomas Wagner of Naples, Fla., and John (Marjorie) Wagner of Peoria, Ill.; and a sister, Marjorie (Kenneth) Debrosse of Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Ogren was preceded in death by her brother, Fr. Hugh Wagner.

She graduated from Sidney High School in Sidney, Ohio, in 1939; with a bachelor's degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1943; and with a master's degree in education from Western Michigan University in 1974. She began her career as a secretary for the Andrew Jergens Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After raising her family, she taught at Elkhart Central High School and later became the head of the department of business education before retiring in 1989. She was active in Camp Fire Girls, Girls Scout and Cub Scouts for 15 years, taught CCD for four years at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Elkhart and was a member of Frontiers Club.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart, and for 1/2 hour prior to the 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday at St. Thomas the Apostle, 1405 N. Main St., Elkhart. Fr. William "Bill" Sullivan will officiate. Graveside services and burial will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to Elkhart Central High School Commemorative Foundation, 1 Blazer Blvd., Elkhart, Ind. 46516 or St. Thomas the Apostle School, 1405 N. Main St., Elkhart, Ind., 46514.

The family would like to thank the staff at Millers' Merry Manor, where Mrs. Ogren resided, for their fine care, kindness and support over the last six years.

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Dawne DiOrio
   Posted Mon November 16, 2009

I was Mrs. Ogren's student in 1972-73 at Elkhart Central and always have been grateful to her for her excellent teaching. Because she taught me to type I was able to support myself in some very rough financial times throughout my life, and I wanted you to know that she really had a positive impact. I'm sorry for your loss.

Mary Dieter
   Posted Mon November 16, 2009

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Ogren Family. We will always remember our wonderful friendship with Ginny and her kind and loving ways. Mary and Bob Dieter--We are sending a memorial contribution to Elkhart Central High School Commemorative Foundation in honor of Virginia Ogren. God Bless You and Keep You In His Care. Ginny loved all of you very much.

Ralph Stokes
   Posted Mon November 16, 2009

Hugh and the entire Ogren family, My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your mother. As a teacher and a parent, I'm sure she touched many minds and hearts over the years, so even though you grieve, remember to celebrate her extraordinary life. With Sympathy, Ralph Stokes

Bob & Chris Waugaman
   Posted Tue November 17, 2009

Hugh, We are sorry to hear about your mother. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow. Bob & Chris Waugaman

Kay (Besinger) Cozad
   Posted Tue November 17, 2009

My sympathy and prayers to the entire Ogren family. I'm sorry for your loss. I knew Paul back in his Purdue football days and remember his family as a loving close knit group. I'm sure your mom will be deeply missed. Take gentle care of each other. Kay

Paul Rine
   Posted Tue November 17, 2009

I read about the passing of Virginia Ogren in the Sunday edition of the Elkhart Truth. I have worked with her Son, Hugh for the past 13 years. What a fine man he is. Virginia did well! I wish to offer my condolences to the Ogren family and to Hugh during this time of loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Paul

Don and Gerry Quinn
   Posted Wed November 18, 2009

We are saddened at the loss of your mother and wife. We have been friends of Ginny for 45 years. She was a beacon of light and strength for us. St.Thomas parish, Cub scouts, teaching for Elkhart Community Schools and getting our master's degrees were all close connections we enjoyed with her. Poor health prevents us from being with you at her funeral. We remember each of you fondly and will be praying for her and all of you. Love, Don and Gerry Quinn

Karl Wagner
   Posted Fri November 20, 2009

Aunt Ginny was an amazing person who never gave up on writing us cards and letters wherever we were in the world, somehow miraculously updating her mailing list with each of our international moves. Even when we were inexcusably lax about responding, there she was with a card or a letter for each special occasion, including a condolence card a few weeks ago when Mariangeles passed away. Her love and optimism was always obvious in the kind words she had for us in those letters. I fondly remember the Thanksgiving dinners in Indiana, family gatherings with a warm spirit that were made more important because of some of the places we'd be traveling from that seemed to be just the opposite. We'll never forget you Aunt Ginny. Deepest condolences to the whole family...please know that she'll be remembered.