Anita Virnig

BLUE EARTH – Funeral services for Anita Virnig, 79, of Blue Earth, will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Blue Earth, with Father Peter Klein, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Blue Earth.

Virnig died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at her residence. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Web tributes may be left at

Anita (Schultz) Virnig was born Sept. 18, 1934, on the family farm in Barber Township, Easton, Minn., the daughter of Henry V. and Mary (Rauenhorst) Schultz. She completed grade school at the Catholic School in Easton, Minn., and graduated from Delavan High School in 1952. After high school, Anita was employed at the Frundt Law Office in Blue Earth as a legal secretary and bookkeeper, until her marriage. She married Fred Virnig on June 15, 1955, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Easton, Minn. They lived in Elmore, Minn., where she worked as bookkeeper at the Elmore Nursery where her husband was employed. She worked there until her first child was born. Anita then stayed home for 10 years to raise her family. In June of 1966, Anita, her husband and their four children moved to Blue Earth, Minn. In 1967, she started working for the Callaghan Law Office, where she continued to work when it became Callaghan and Wendland Law Office, as a legal assistant, bookkeeper and tax preparer for 38 years until her retirement in 2004. Anita was an active member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church where she served on the Parish Council for three years as secretary, four years on the Finance Council and was a member of the WCCW. She was also a member of American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary. Anita enjoyed reading, knitting and shopping with her daughters. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family.

Anita is survived by her husband, Fred Vernig of Blue Earth; daughters, Debra (Keven) Crabtree of Fergus Falls, Minn., and Marsha (Gary) Engler of Blue Earth; her sons, Roderick (Cathryn) Virnig of Golden Valley, Minn., and William (Michele) Virnig of Brookings, S.D.; eight grandchildren; two step grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; and one brother, Leon (Midge) Schultz of Easton, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Cletus (Lillian) Schultz, Victor (Millie) Schultz and Vernon (Margie) Schultz; two sisters, Carmel (Raymond) Murphy and Marvel (Johnny) Kubu; infant grandson, Bradley R. Virnig; and step great-grandson, David Tesch.