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Virginia “Ginny” Wilkening, 70, Chaska, MN

Virginia “Ginny” Wilkening of Chaska, MN celebrated her eternal birthday on her 70th birthday at home surrounded by loved ones after a short battle with cancer. She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and cherished memories. Ginny was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on January 16th, 1954 to Charles and Hazel Berglund, and graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1972. She met her lifetime partner and soulmate, Sid Wilkening in 1971, and they were united in marriage on August 2nd, 1975 after her graduation from Marshalltown Community College dental assisting school. Ginny was a very accomplished dental assistant in Iowa, and worked at Parkway Dental in the Twin Cities, where she had resided since 1983. Her professional life was marked by a commitment to excellence and a genuine concern for the well-being of others, and her dedication and compassion touched the lives of those around her. Her generosity knew no bounds, and she made a positive impact on the community with her warm spirit and willingness to lend a helping hand. A self-proclaimed “bird nerd”, Ginny greatly enjoyed her walks in the woods, and she was an avid gardener who loved being one with nature. Ginny’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. A celebration of life for this remarkable woman will be held in April at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, with details to follow on social media. The family prefers memorials to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Attn: Tributes, PO Box 860647, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0647 or arbtributes@umn.edu. May she rest in peace.

Ginny is survived by her loving family: Husband Sid, daughter, Allyson Heimark (Brandon) of Alpine, WY, and her four grandchildren, who brought her so much joy: Nolan, Abby, Crosby and Jamison. They adored their GG, and will have many memories to cherish. She is also survived by sisters Barb Lorenzo (Dan) of Marshalltown, IA and Nancy Overman (Tom) of Easley, SC, as well as a large extended family, including her loving in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

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  1. Rita Ormsby on January 23, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    My sympathies and condolences to Ginny’s family and friends. She was a year behind me in high school. I recall her warm smile and kindnesses to classmates. She also had a great laugh. From her obituary, it appears that she remained a warm and kind person; accomplished in her profession and with a lovely family. I hope your memories will be of comfort.

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