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Obituary of Virginia Kjolhede – N/A, MI (1923-2016)

Kjolhede, Virginia E.; passed away peacefully at McLaren Community Hospital on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Virginia was born on August 26, 1923 in Wamego, KS. Her parents were Neville T. Larson and Marion Kraft Larson. “Ginger” grew up in Wamego and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in dietetics. She met her future husband while he was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas during World War II. They married on December 21, 1947 and were married for 60 years. They moved to Michigan and started their family and career in 1951. After moving to Mt. Pleasant, she became a dietitian at CMCH. As a professional dietitian, she was honored as Dietitian of the Year for Michigan in 1978. She then became a consulting dietitian and was elected president of the Michigan Dietetics Association. She also taught dietetics at Central Michigan University. She also served as the first female president (5 years) and on the school board for 12 years at Mt. Pleasant Board of Education. She was voted “Citizen of the Year” for Mount Pleasant in 1979. She was a member of many philanthropic groups and had a special “hug location” for those leaving FUMC. Ginger was a friend to everyone she came into contact with and was always there to help those who were alone and/or lonely. Both she and Ted were active in Stephen Ministries and also had an open heart and home for international students at CMU. She is survived by her four boys: Chris Larson Kjolhede and wife Celeste (Fly Creek, NY), Theodore Barton Kjolhede and wife Patty (Laingsburg, MI), Robert Jay Kjolhede and wife, Patti (Belding, MI) and James Andrew Kjolhede and wife Kristine (Colleyville, Texas). Additionally. She is survived by 9 grandchildren, Kelly Kjolhede (Mt. Pleasant, MI), Jamie Jones and husband Andy (Louisville, KY), Nick and wife Rachel Kjolhede (Denver, CO), Caitlyn Kjolhede (Boston, MA), Curtis James Kjolhede ( Denver, CO), Lauren Allyson Kjolhede (Ft. Worth, TX), Jared and Savannah Kjolhede (Colleyville, TX). Her great-grandchildren are Justice McKenna and Kaden Alexander Kjolhede (Mt. Pleasant, MI), Samantha Grace and Zachary Andrew Jones (Louisville, KY) and the soon-to-be Teddy B. Kjolhede (Denver, CO). She was predeceased by a daughter, Lucinda Lee Kjolhede; husband, Ted; and granddaughter Annaliese. In lieu of flowers, the family offers the following groups for donations: First United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Pardee Cancer Treatment Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI, or donor’s choice. A memorial service will be held on April 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM at First United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, led by Pastor Diane Gordon. The service will be followed by lunch in the Fellowship Hall. Visiting hours will be held at the Clark Family Funeral Chapel from Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. You may view Virginia’s obituary online and send condolences to the family, light a memorial candle or make a memorial donation at www.clarkfuneralchapel .com

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