Mary Virginia Heinrich

Mary V. Heinrich, age 94, of Wood River, died Friday, November 1, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Society in Grand Island. Funeral services were held Monday, November 4, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wood River. The Reverend Jorge Canela officiated. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery west of Wood River.
Apfel Funeral Home, of Wood River, is serving the family.
Online condolences maybe directed to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.com.
Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Wood River Community Foundation.
Mary Virginia Heinrich was born October 14,1925, in Callaway to Henry and Arminian (Poston) Ridder, she was the youngest of eight children. She attended rural Custer County grade school and graduated from Callaway High School, in 1943. Virginia started her twelve year career at the Bell Telephone System, starting in Long Beach, California; then transferred to Nebraska to work for the Kearney, Holdrege, Grand Island, and Fremont offices. She resigned and married Calvin F. Heinrich, of Wood River, in 1955. Calvin and Virginia farmed in the Wood River area and had five children. Virginia moved to senior living apartments in Grand Island in 2015.
Virginia was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. She was an active member of the Council of Catholic Women and taught catechism classes for 12 years. She was a 4-H leader, serving on the Hall County Extension Board, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Virginia also worked hospice and was a volunteer for the St. Francis Hospital Oncology Department. She enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and cards (especially bridge and pitch).
Virginia also enjoyed researching family history and has written several family books for the Ridder, Heinrich, Praest, Halbmaier and Schifferns families. She discovered many new family members during her research into the family genealogy.
Family members left to cherish her memory include: daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and John Willoughby, of Wood River; grandchildren, Megan and Bryce Consbruck, of Wood River, Amber Willoughby, of Omaha, Taylor and Luke Glenn, of Kearney, and Johnna Willoughby, of Wood River; and special family members include Kevin Placzek and Daniel and Julie Meyers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Heinrich; daughters, Theresa Placzek, Rita Meyers, and Nancy Heinrich; son, Francis Heinrich; brothers, Theodore, Neal, Francis, Donald, and James Ridder; sister, Edna Van Saun; granddaughters, Danielle Willoughby and Elizabeth Meyers; and grandson, Joshua Placzek.

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