Virginia Mae (Jensen) Schnack (February 9, 2018)

Virginia Schnack photoNovember 12, 1933 ~ February 9, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
3:00 – 8:00 PM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Family will greet friends from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
10:30 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Burial of ashes will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA

Husband – Gail Schnack of Harlan, IA
4 Children – Linda (Rod) Terry of Corvallis, OR
Pat (Mike) Wohlhutter of Harlan, IA
Gail (Joe) Gross of Earling, IA
Rodney (Kelli) Jensen of Audubon, IA
3 Step-children – Kathleen Stanton of Des Moines, IA
Dr. Sherrie Schnack of Minneapolis, MN
David Schnack of Minneapolis, MN
11 Grandchildren
5 Step-grandchildren
18 Great-grandchildren
3 Great-great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Virginia Mae (Jensen) Schnack, the daughter of Raymond Gerald and Hilda (Christiansen) Anthony, was born on November 12, 1933, in Harlan, Iowa. She attended Irwin, Iowa, schools before marrying Louis Eugene Jensen, Jr. on May 22, 1950, in Maryville, Missouri. She and Louis made their home in Harlan where they owned and operated the Brickyard Orchard. In 1968, Virginia began working as a bookkeeper at Jim Goeser Wholesale Meats in Harlan. In 1985, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she was employed at City Meats. She later returned to Harlan to care for her mother. Virginia returned to her position at Jim’s Meats, continuing there until her retirement in 1991. In recent years, she had worked at Pamida, as well as the Harlan Flower Barn.

On June 13, 2015, Virginia married Gail Earle Schnack in Harlan, Iowa.

Virginia was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, Iowa, and she had most recently worshipped with her husband, Gail, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan. An avid golfer, she was a member of the Harlan Golf and Country Club. Virginia was also a member of the Zenobie Rebekah Lodge #286, and was formerly active in the Harlan Band Parents Booster organization for years. As co-owner of the Brickyard Orchard, she made many apple pies; her family and friends called her a pie baker “extraordianaire”!

Virginia M. Schnack died on Friday, February 9, 2018, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa. She had reached the age of 84 years, 2 months, and 28 days.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Louis Eugene Jensen, Jr., on November 18, 2013; one sister, Barbara Horney; and one granddaughter, Angie Wohlhutter. She is survived by her husband, Gail Schnack of Harlan, Iowa; four children, Linda (Rod) Terry of Corvallis, Oregon, Pat (Mike) Wohlhutter of Harlan, Iowa, Gail (Joe) Gross of Earling, Iowa, and Rodney (Kelli) Jensen of Audubon, Iowa; three step-children, Kathleen Stanton of Des Moines, Iowa, and Dr. Sherrie Schnack and David Schnack, both of Minneapolis, Minnesota; 11 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Phil Nielsen officiating. Marge Ahrenholtz and Chrissy Jensen served as musicians. Burial of ashes was in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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7 Responses to Virginia Mae (Jensen) Schnack (February 9, 2018)

  1. Mary Kinkennon Sager says:

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember her well as a good friend of my in-laws, Clare and Rita Lyon. She was a lovely lady.

  2. Kathy Voge says:

    To the family of Virginia (Jensen) Schnack, remember Virginia well from the Brickyard and Jim’s. So sorry for your loss. God Bless. (Pat and Gail, thinking of you both – Kathy)

  3. Virgil and Mary Ann Coenen says:

    Very sorry . Please accept our condolences to all concerned.

  4. Carl/Mary Nielsen says:

    So sorry to hear of Virginias passing She had such a positive outlook on life Will be missed by all that got to know her Prayers to all of you during this difficult time

  5. Don & Mary Weis Assmann says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Don enjoyed working with Virginia for years at Jim’s Wholesale Meats. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  6. Jeff and Randi McEvoy says:

    Saddened to learn of Virginia’s passing. She was such a beautiful lady and a pleasure to be around. You have our deepest sympathies. She will truly be missed.”

  7. Dolly Burgin says:

    Sorry to hear of Virginia passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family.

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