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Virginia I. Lieffring

Virginia I. Lieffring

Virginia I. Lieffring, age 93 of Menomonie, formerly of Eau Galle, died Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Neighbors of Dunn County Care Center in Menomonie with her family by her side.

Ginny was born on May 21, 1924 in the Town of Dunn rural Menomonie. She was the daughter of John and Anna (Gasteyer) Arndt. Ginny grew up on the family farm and graduated from the 8th grade at the Waubeek School. After school, Ginny worked for several years as a housekeeper and nanny. Ginny married Gerald H. Smith on April 29, 1947 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle. After marriage they continued to farm on the Arndt family farm and raise their family. Gerald passed away in 1982. Ginny later married Charles “Chic” Lieffring on March 8, 1986 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle. They then lived on the Lieffring farm. Chic passed away in 2000. Since 2015, Ginny has been a resident of the Neighbors of Dunn County.

Ginny enjoyed playing cards, traveling, sewing, embroidering, baking and driving tractor. Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.

Ginny is survived by her children; Lee (Charlene) of Menomonie, Terry (Gail) of Glenwood City and Debrah (David) Wittig of Maiden Rock, nine grandchildren; Lisa (Curt), Laurie (Ryan), Melissa (Bill), Lacie (Tom), Scott (Sara), Carrie, Mark (Heidi), Tina (Chris) and Jessica, 28 great grandchildren, niece, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands; Gerald Smith and Chic Lieffring, a daughter; Mary Ann in infancy and two sisters; Mamie Komro and Velma Mathis.

Funeral Mass will 11:00 AM Friday, May 4, 2018 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Eau Galle with Rev. Jerry Hoeser officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of services at the church on Friday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Becky

    I will miss that smile and beautiful laugh...hugs to you all

  2. Penny Neubauer

    R.I.P. dear Virginia my sympathies to Virginia’s families!! I so enjoyed my time caring for Virginia at the neighbors of Dunn County!! I loved it when she would sing “ lay that pistol down “ virginia will forever have a place in my heart ❤️ I regret that I can’t make it to the service Friday as we have prior comments please know I will be with you in thoughts and prayers!!

  3. Randy Weber

    Hearing of Virginia's passing brought back a flood of childhood memories. From riding horses through the woods to the Smith Farm, to coming over to buy eggs! Gerald and Virginia were hard working people and great neighbors. My sympathy to the Smith Family.


    My thoughts and prayers are with you all, especially, Terry, Lee, and Debbie.

  5. Arlan Henke

    My sympathy and prayers for all who loved Ginny. She was good to be around at The Neighbors.
    Psalm 55:22 Leave your troubles with the Lord,
    and he will defend you;
    he never lets honest people be defeated.

  6. Paula

    To the Smith Family. So sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother I hope you can also remember all the memorys so you can tell your children and grand children. But remember to hug each other too it goes a long way I'll keep you all in my prayers

  7. Arnie and Jeannie Maxwell

    Our sincere sympathy to you and your families on the passing of your Mom. She was a wonderful woman with many fond memories of when she visited Helen Wittig. My you keep in your heart all of the good times. Prayers and love.

  8. Pat Rosenberg

    Dear Lee and family:
    Please accept my sympathy and prayers.I didn't know your mother, but I am so sorry to hear of her passing. May she rest in peace.

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