Virginia ‘Ginny’ Nehring Utz — Rochester

ROCHESTER — Virginia (Ginny) Nehring Utz, of Rochester, died July 4, 2009.

She was born Aug. 31, 1932, in Rochester, to Dr. Jesse Potter Nehring and Edith Amo Nehring of Preston.

Mrs. Utz attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. She graduated from the Methodist/Kahler School of Nursing. She practiced pediatrics, obstetrics and neonatology, and was supervisor of cardiovascular nursing at Worrall Hospital for several years. She was proud to have been one of the early founders of nurse education and certification programs at Mayo.

She married Dr. David Charles Utz on June 26, 1954, at the Parks Air Force Base in California, and returned to Rochester, where she continued her nursing career at Olmsted Medical Center. Dr. Utz completed his urology residency, joining the staff of Mayo Clinic in the Urology Department in 1957. Mrs. Utz served for two years as president of the Alice Mayo Society. She was also president of the board of Aldrich Memorial Nursery School, and actively volunteered for church and community events.

Ginny will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, for her illustrious example of thoughtful and effective teaching of her children and grandchildren, for her warm and generous ability to give them the skills she learned at the knee of her mother, and for making them feel important members of the family. She will also be remembered for her sensitivity to the needs and expectations of the legion of patients and friends who played such an important part in her life.


She enjoyed skiing, hiking, fishing, canoeing, golfing and bridge. One of her greatest joys in life was traveling with her husband, exploring the history and culture of all the wonderful places they visited. After her husband’s retirement from Mayo Clinic Rochester in 1988, they moved their winter residence to Scottsdale, Ariz., where they were actively engaged in the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. She and her husband divided their time between Scottsdale, Rochester and Spider Lake in Hayward, Wis.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. David C. Utz; her children, David C. Utz Jr. of Vail, Colo., Dr. Mary U. Keating (Dr. Jerome) of St. Cloud, Minn., Dr. William J. Utz (Dr. Maureen P.) of Shorewood, Minn., Mark E. Utz (Julia) of Rochester and Jeffrey P. Utz (Anne) of Short Hills, N.J.; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Nina Carlson of Moline, Ill., and Katherine Roesch of Clearwater, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Dr. John Nehring.

A Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. John the Evangelist on Wednesday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will occur in the church foyer from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7 and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

Memorial contributions to Mayo Clinic, the Church of St. John the Evangelist, or the Transplant House in Rochester, are preferred.

Macken Funeral Home, Rochester. 282-1075

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