Virginia M. ‘Becky’ Riley — Austin

AUSTIN — The funeral for Virginia M. "Becky" Riley will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church in Austin, with the Rev. Scott Monson officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin.

Mrs. Riley, 84, of Austin, died Wednesday (June 20, 2007) at her home.

Virginia Beck was born April 30, 1923, in Adams. She graduated from Adams High School in 1941 and then attended the junior college in Austin. In June 1942 she entered the Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester and graduated in June 1945 as a member of the Army’s cadet nurses corps. Her first position was head of the obstetrical department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, Wis. In 1946 she transferred to St. Olaf Hospital in Austin. For 58 years she was married to Ray Riley; he preceded her in death in 2005. Beside the hospital, she also worked at the Austin Clinic, Raymond’s Nursing Home and St. Mark’s Lutheran Home before retiring in 1972. She enjoyed doing crewel needlework, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and reading. She and four friends from their nursing training days kept in touch by keeping a "Round Robin" letter going among them for more than 60 years.

Survivors include a son, Thomas of Austin; two daughters, Sharon (Rick) Viviano of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Michelle Riley of Minneapolis; a grandson; and a sister, LaRae Cherney of Wausau, Wis. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin, and an hour before the service Saturday at the church.

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