Virginia "Ginny" Bone, 94, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Jones Regional Medical Center, Anamosa, following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 3, at First Presbyterian Church, Monticello. Pastor Emory Gillespie will officiate at the services. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.
Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.
Virginia is survived by her five children, Susan (Jim) Robertson, Castle Rock, Colo., Barbara ( Lawrence) Adam, Kansas City, Mo., Jim (Vickie) Bone, Monticello, Denise Bone, Cedar Rapids, and Mark Bone (Nancy Diossy), Monticello; a sister, Donna James, Fayette; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wyland "Bud" Bone; and sister, Ruth Allers.
Virginia Rummel was born Jan. 10, 1923, in Fayette County, Iowa, the daughter of Otto and Bonna Wilkinson Rummel. Virginia graduated from Stanley High School in 1940 as valedictorian. Virginia continued her education at the University of Dubuque, graduating on June 14, 1943, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and home economics, Magna Cum Laude. Her teaching career began at Monticello Community High School, where she taught for three years. She married Wyland "Bud" Bone on Nov. 17, 1945, in the chapel at the University of Dubuque. The couple farmed in Lovell Township of Jones County.
After her family was raised, Virginia returned to school at the University of Iowa, where she received her Masters of Arts in business in 1970. Virginia returned to teaching and taught for 16 years at Olin Community Schools until her retirement in 1983.
She was a member of the Outstanding Secondary Teachers' Hall of Fame, National Education Association as an active member for life, Delta Pi Epsilon, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, 94 Club and the Presbyterian Church Women's Circle.
In her spare time, Virginia knitted hats, gloves and mittens for schoolchildren, who needed them and hats for newborns and "preemies" at St Luke's Hospital. But her real knitting specialty was her unique Christmas stockings that are hanging on fireplace mantels throughout the USA and even abroad.
Because Virginia, herself, was a girls basketball star, she enjoyed cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and watching all the games during "March Madness." Her sunroom was filled with books and puzzles "in progress" when Judge Judy or ballgames weren't on TV. Virginia worked every day in the summer in her garden. She loved to freeze, can and share her produce. She also was an excellent seamstress and made and altered many prom dresses over the years. She was known for her deviled eggs and pickled beets.