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Virginia A Kallstrom

Virginia A Kallstrom

Virginia Kallstrom of Durand, Wisconsin passed away on Tuesday July 7, 2020, at Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire at the age of 86.

Virginia (Ginny) was born in Arkansaw, Wisconsin on August 18, 1933 to Leo and Fern Hartung. In 1951 she married Roger Kallstrom at St. Joseph’s Church in Arkansaw.

Roger and Virginia farmed in Pepin until 1955 when they went into partnership of The Red Owl Grocery store in Menomonie. In 1960 they purchased the Gilmore Grocery store in Durand, and it became Roger’s IGA. She worked tirelessly for the next 30 years, before retiring in 1996.

Virginia never knew a stranger, and her door was always open to her family, and her many friends of all ages. She was an incredible cook, and always had a great sense of humor. That sense of humor highlighted her talent for storytelling, of which will be retold through the generations. Ginny was strong in her faith, compassion for others, and her patience knew no bounds. She loved her coffee group, which lasted throughout the years. Her laid back approach to life put you at ease in her presence, and her passing will leave a void not easily filled.

Ginny is survived by her 4 children. James Kallstrom of Arkansaw, Audrey (Larry) Bussow of St. Charles, Illinois, David Kallstrom of Arkansaw, and Thomas Kallstrom of Durand, three grandchildren Katie (Jeff) Walk of Eau Claire, Ted (Lesa) Polzer of Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin, and Sara (Grant Tharaldson) Kallstrom of Eau Claire, three great- grandchildren Max Reid and Madeline Reid of Eau Claire, Agatha Tharaldson of Eau Claire, sister Carol Mulheron of Mishicot, Wisconsin, sister-in-law’s Ilene Weisenbeck of Pepin and Dee Hartung of Arkansaw, and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Ginny was preceded in death by her husband Roger, parents Leo and Fern Hartung, and brother William Hartung.

A Celebration of Life and Mass will be held at a later date. Burial will be 11:00AM Monday, July 13, 2020 at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Durand.

In remembrance of Ginny please consider donating to a charity of your choice to honor her lifetime of giving.

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


  1. Clara (Snider) Kobs

    What a sweet lady she was..So enjoyed knowing her and working for her and Roger from the time he went into business with Dick and Teresa Thompson..I can still see her smile, and her hard working personna, those years in the store..Condolences to the family.

  2. Don and Margie Stanger

    Our deepest sympathy to the Kallstrom family. Ginny was a wonderful cousin to have--always welcoming, serving up a treat to eat, and holding that twinkle in her eyes! We will miss her.

  3. Rosemary Kern

    I have such great memories of visiting with Virginia. She will always be in my heart. My sympathy to the family.

  4. Dick and Sandi McMahon

    We are very sad to hear of "Ginny's" passing. She was a well known personality in Durand and always wore a smile..no matter what?

    May the comfort of our Lord's arms surround your family.

    Dick and Sandi McMahon44

  5. Denis & Diane Gonderzik

    To the Kallstrom Family,
    We extend our sympathy to all of you.
    We rented a home that your Mom & Dad owned in Durand. Ginny was always so kind and helpful to us. We are sure you have wonderful memories of her!

  6. Cindy Seichter

    Tom sorry to hear about your mom. Mike and I are thinking you and your family. Take care of yourself.

  7. Carrie Kallstrom

    My heart goes out to the entire family. Virginia was a wonderful and a kind hearted lady.
    Please accept my sincerest condolences during this difficult time.

  8. Jack Barber

    Deepest Sympathy Kallstrom family ~ So sorry for your loss ! Was nice knowing such a wonderful Lady !

  9. Dick and Ruth Doughty

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  10. Randy and Lorie Kallstrom

    Our deepest sympathies. She was a very warm and loving person. She will be greatly missed.

  11. Marge

    She is loved and I shall never forget her.
    She was a blessing to have in my life.

  12. Rachel Lummer

    So sorry for your loss. I always loved my conversations with Virginia whenever I seen her. Truly an amazing woman to be around. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  13. John and Judy Parr

    Sorry for your loss hugs a very nice person glad we got to know the family

  14. James Fedie

    It was a pleasure to work for the Kallstroms back in the day. Roger and Ginny were hard working, considerate, and great models for a young person working for them (a few years ago!). A special place in my heart for Ginny for the many coffee conversations she held with my Aunt and Grandma over the years. She is probably having a peaceful cup with Ethel already.

    Peaceful memories and sympathy to the Kallstrom family.

  15. Pamela Baier

    Our sympathies to the family of Ginny Kallstrom...after my own mom passed I considered Ginny as my surrogate mom...I thought the world of this gentle, kind, beautiful woman..RIP my friend....

  16. Jan Lecheler spindler

    Sorry for your loss she was such a great person to know and love

  17. Ann Oberding

    My deepest sympathies. What a wonderful woman to all who knew her. May her love live on in each of you.

  18. Charlene Lecheler Henderson

    My deepest sympathy to the family. She will dearly be missed.

  19. Rod and Pam Weiss

    Ginny is undoubtedly in heaven, pouring a cup of coffee and entertaining the angels with a great story!
    Our sympathy to your family.

  20. Rodney and Patricia Hurlburt

    We enjoyed "Our Friendship" with Ginny over the years - Wonderful Lady to work with and always enjoyed running into her - Shall miss that. Much sympathy going out to the family ???? Peace

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