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Virginia Emma Dunfee -- Austin

AUSTIN -- The funeral for Virginia Emma Dunfee will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Austin, with the Rev. Patricia M. Toschak officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Dunfee, 92, a longtime Austin homemaker and volunteer, died Sunday (Sept. 15, 2002) at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

Virginia Emma Ellis was born July 26, 1910, in Saline County Mo., and later moved to Austin with her family. On July 4, 1930, she married Lawrence Dunfee in Austin. Her husband was a federal meat inspector. He died in 1983. A member of First United Methodist Church, she volunteered many hours there, was chairwoman for the UMC circle groups, and was publicity chairwoman and chairwoman of the dining room committee. She helped form and organize the Austin Symphony Orchestra and served on its board for three years, volunteered with the Austin United Way, helped with the American Heart Association Fund drive and helped inaugurate the first Heart Fund drive in Austin. She also volunteered with the Kidney Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Arthritis Foundation, Easter Seals Society, Mower County Red Cross Chapter, Cancer Society and St. Olaf Hospital. She twice earned the KAUS Radio Good Neighbor Award twice and was the subject of a "People Who Make A Difference" article in the Austin Daily Herald. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, playing bridge, golfing and decorating cakes.

Survivors include a son, Robert (Carol) of Austin; a daughter, Lois (Marvin) Lenz of Rochester; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clara (Pat) Curtin of Dodge Center, Marjorie (Chuck) Cullen of Little Canada, Minn., and Dorothy (Bill) Drechsel of Big Lake, Minn.; and four brothers, Clyde Ellis of Ostrander, Max (Arvilla) Ellis of Osage, Iowa, Arthur (Tressa) Ellis of Grizzly Flats, Calif., and Robert (Ruth) Ellis of St. Paul. A sister and two brothers preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin and an hour before the service Thursday at the church.

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Memorials are suggested to St. Mark's Lutheran Home or First United Methodist Church in Austin.

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