Virginia G. Burt — Rochester

Virginia Gayle Burt, 81, of Rochester, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Moore Elderly Care in Rochester, where she received loving care during her lengthy battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Virginia Gayle Drews was born Oct. 16, 1934, to Leo E. and Alma Grace Drews in Rochester. She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse north of Rochester through the eighth grade. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1952 After graduation, she worked for Mayo Clinic for two years. On Oct. 25, 1952, she married Robert W. Burt. They lived their entire married life in Rochester. Virginia worked on and off at the Silver Lake grocery store for 17 years, at Sears as a sales clerk for 10 years and for the Rochester school district as a cook at Elton Hills Elementary School for 14 years. Mr. Burt passed away in 2003.

Virginia was a member of Homestead United Methodist Church. Virginia enjoyed spending time with her immediate and extended family and three very special friends. She also enjoyed reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, playing cards with senior groups, and embroidery. Virginia also was an avid cat lover and enjoyed her pet cats throughout her life.

She is survived by four daughters, Gayle Newcomb, Patty Burt, Mary (Brian) Brogan and Roberta (Kurt) Verdoorn, all of Rochester; eight sons, Jeffrey (Susan) of Blooming Prairie, Stephan (Jill) of Winona, Michael of Rochester, Mark of Kasson, Jason (Carmel) of Byron, Jarrett (Christine) of Rochester, Jacob (Jennifer) of Hayfield and Jesse of Rochester; 28 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Robert, Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Phyllis and Vera, a daughter, Barbara, a son, Wayne, a granddaughter, Paige, and two daughters-in-law, Marcia and Laurie.

The memorial service for Virginia Burt will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, with visitation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Homestead United Methodist Church in Rochester.