Note: N5 Virginia DeValska grew up in St. Paul, MN where her father was station master of the Union Depot. As a young girl she was something of a tomboy and enjoyed playing football with the neighborhood boys. She graduated from Central High School in St. Paul, MN in 1934. She later worked at Montgomery Wards. After their 1941 wedding in St. Paul, and once Robert was released from the service (during WWII) in 1946 she and Robert moved to Fargo, ND and raised 6 children together there.
Virginia's hobbies included playing bridge, playing both classical and popular songs on the piano, playing the accordian (She was great with polkas like “Roll Out The Barrel”), working with crafts and checking out the local rummage/garage sales (which we referred to as “rummage-sailing”).
She developed Alzheimers in her later years and died from the complications of this disease in May 2002. She was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fargo. ______________________________________
InForum Obituary (Fargo, ND) for Virginia Follett:
Virginia "Virgie" Agnes Follett, 86, passed away on Friday morning, May 3, 2002, while at home. She was born May 25, 1915 in St. Paul, MN, and was the daughter of Louis and Lucille DeValska of St. Paul, MN.
She married Robert Cotesworth Follett on May 17, 1941 at Holy Spirit Church in St. Paul, MN and is survived by her husband, who resides at 64 Woodland Drive in Fargo, and her five daughters: Mrs. Gary (Nancy Jean) Pfaff of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Mrs. Gregory (Vicki Lucille) Dwyer of Fargo, Bonnie Marie Follett of San Francisco, California, Mrs. Sidney (Peggy Ann) Smith of Moorhead, and Mrs. LeRoy (Linda Louise) Luchau of Fargo and her 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A son, Steven Carl Follett, preceded her in death, passing in 1982. Virginia is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Arthur (Minerva Ann) Crossley, who resides in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Virginia grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota where her father was Stationmaster at the St. Paul Union Railway Depot. She graduated from Central High School in 1933. She met Bob Follett in 1936. Prior to her marriage in 1941 she worked at Montgomery Wards in St. Paul. For a time during World War II and after her husband Robert entered the Army in 1943, Virginia returned to the DeValska family home at 282 South Hamline Ave. in St. Paul, as did her sister Minerva, while both their husbands were in the service. For about six months following VE Day, Virginia joined her husband Robert in Puerto Rico where he was stationed as a Captain in the Signal Corps until his discharge from the Army in 1946.
Virginia and Bob Follett returned to Fargo permanently in April 1946, where Bob Follett worked for many years at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. Virginia was a homemaker and raised six children. Virginia was a charter member of the Goodwill Club of Fargo, and had been active for many years as a member of various bridge clubs and charitable organizations. Some of Virginia's other hobbies and skills included playing the piano, playing the accordion (including many rousing German polkas), stamp-collecting, crafts, sewing and needlework, and jigsaw puzzles.
Visitation: One hour prior to the prayer service on Monday at Boulger Funeral Home, and one hour prior to funeral services at Church of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer Service: 8 PM Monday, Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo Funeral Service: 1 PM Tuesday, Church of the Holy Spirit, Fargo Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Fargo Arrangements by Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. _____________
1930 U.S. Census info:
Name: Virginia Devalska Event Type: Census Event Year: 1930 Event Place: St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States District: 0058 Gender: Female Age: 14 Marital Status: Single Race: White Race (Original): White Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Daughter Birth Year (Estimated): 1916 Birthplace: Minnesota Immigration Year: Father's Birthplace: Minnesota Mother's Birthplace: Wisconsin Sheet Number and Letter: 1B Household ID: 16 Line Number: 64 Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Affiliate Publication Number: T626 Affiliate Film Number: 1117 GS Film number: 2340852 Digital Folder Number: 004610071 Image Number: 00401
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace Lewis Devalska Head M 42 Minnesota Lucille Devalska Wife F 41 Minnesota Virginia Devalska Daughter F 14 Minnesota Minerva Devalska Daughter F 12 Minnesota
Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X381-H2H : accessed 11 October 2015), Virginia Devalska in household of Lewis Devalska, St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0058, sheet 1B, family 16, line 64, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1117; FHL microfilm 2,340,852. _________________
Virginia DeValska Follett Birth: May 25, 1915 Minnesota, USA Death: May 3, 2002 Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota, USA
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Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota, USA Maintained by: bonfoll Originally Created by: mercedes bauerly-dreas Record added: May 22, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 37397040
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