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Virginia M Hedin

Virginia M Hedin

Virginia Mae Hedin (Biles) 85

Born May 10, 1934, Died October 16, 2019

Virginia, (Ginny) (Gin) was born in Plum City Wisconsin to her father Eric Hedin and mother June (Campbell) Hedin (Tomlinson). She grew up one of six children, Orval, Wilma, Leslie, Bernard, Virginia, and Roger. She worked in Plum City doing various jobs and graduated from Plum City High School in 1951. She knew that nursing was her calling and attended Bethesda School of Nursing in Saint Paul Minnesota graduating in the class of 1955. Virginia returned home to Wisconsin and worked as a Registered Nurse at Plum City hospital/nursing home and Durand hospital. In 1957 she married Everett Biles and started a family in Durand. She worked with Dr. Joe Springer as his nurse and office manager. She worked at various hospitals and nursing homes in Wisconsin moving due to Everett's assignments. She worked in New Lisbon, WI Knapp, WI - Baldwin Hospital before moving back to Durand in 1970. After her divorce from Everett in 1975 she continued to work in Durand, she taught Nursing skills at District One in Eau Claire, (now CVTC). She worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, LE Phillips Treatment Center in Chippewa Falls all the while working part-time in Durand.

In the fall of 1980, Virginia moved to St. Paul, MN to work for the Veterans Administration Hospital,(VA) and in 1989 moved to Alaska and lived with Todd in Anchorage where she worked as an RN for the Indian Health Service for 15 years (IHS). She worked at the old and the new Native hospitals in Anchorage, as well as Bethel, Nome, and Kotzebue Alaska. She had many stories of her adventures in Alaska. She retired and spent time in Anchorage Alaska, Glendora California and then in 2005 moved back to Minneapolis until suffering a stroke in 2014. She then moved back to Durand Wisconsin to live with Todd and his wife Marianne until her death. She was a licensed RN for more than 55 years and loved her work and her patients. She is survived by one sibling, her older sister Wilma Manore of Saint Ignatius, Montana and one sister in law Yvonne Hedin of Roberts, WI, other relatives, and her two children, Terri L Biles (Peggy Seifert) of Maiden Rock, WI and Todd E Biles (Marianne Maron-Biles) of Durand, WI.

In the last few years she stayed in touch with her friends, cousin Joyce Gilles of Plum City, Bethesda Classmate Helen Cartford of St. Paul MN, Fellow Alaskan Nurse Joyce Portman of Indiana and others, she remembered everyone she ever took care of or worked with. Virginia requested that no funeral service be held. She donated her body to the Anatomy Program at the University of Minnesota so that future Doctors and Nurses could learn from her, "Once a Nurse always a Nurse in Life and Death". In the future, her ashes will be spread in her favorite places and buried in Plum City, WI. Virginia supported the United Methodist Church in Durand and Plum City and was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star. Virginia died at home with Todd. Virginia often said, "People will forget what you did, people will forget what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel".

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


  1. Jill (Baier) & Tom Bennwitz

    Terri & Todd & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time of loss of your mother, Virginia. May the many good memories help to heal your saddened hearts in time. May God Bless. With Sincerest Sympathy, Jill & Tom Bennwitz

  2. Barb Bauer Gibson

    My thoughts and prayers are with Terri and Todd and Mom Virginia. She was a good, caring in all her works.

  3. Mary Crosby

    Todd & Terri,
    So sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and I am so glad I was able to meet Virginia.

  4. Lowell Hedin

    Very sorry to know that Aunt Ginny has passed. Our condolences to Terri, Todd and families, you are in our thoughts and prayers. I can vividly recall her distinctive laugh, especially when she was surrounded by her family.

  5. Mark and Dana Hedin

    We are so sorry for your loss. It was clear Virginia spent her life doing what she loved, caring for others.

  6. Chuck Prissel

    Hugs to you Todd and Teri... fond memories of our families together in my early years .... peace and comfort through happy life memories. God’s blessings for all

  7. John & Patty Wayne

    Our Sympathy goes out to your family. (Mom) Jessie Mae Anderson enjoyed visiting Virginia,
    Remember all the wonderful memories you got to enjoy with her.

  8. Colleen Weiss

    My sympathies to you, Todd. It's hard to lose a mom...

  9. Joanne Hovey

    Thinking of Virginia's family and hoping the memories of her happy times make you smile and give you peace. Hugs to Terri and Peggy

  10. Carol Richardson

    I have some of the fondest memories of her. Sympathy to all


    I am so sorry for the loss of your mom Virginia. She was a wonderful lady and a great nurse. Although we had not seen her for several years we will always have great memories. Sending hugs.

    Dave and Kris Polzer

  12. Dick & Marlene Zimmer

    Dear Todd, Extending our sympathies to you in the loss of your mother. I never got to know Virginia but I know she was a classmate and friend to my oldest sister. Dick & Marlene Zimmer

  13. Susan Britton Hanson

    To Virginia's family I will always have fond memories of the time she spent staying at our house when she worked at Plum City hospital

  14. Luther Eberly

    Dear Virginia, I will miss our telephone conversations and your pithy, Practical, and down to earth advice
    I cant you as a dear friend and pray you will look on me kindly from heaven. Luther

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