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Dr. Hildegard J. "Hilde" Virnig – Obituary

Name: Dr. Hildegard J. "Hilde" Virnig

Age: 93

Born: 09-20-1925

Died: 02-17-2019

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud

St. Anthony's Catholic Church, St. Cloud

Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Dr. Hildegard J. “Hilde” Virnig, 93, of St. Cloud and formerly of Caledonia will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Reverend Thomas Knoblach will officiate.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery, Pierz, MN. Hilde passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Country Manor Care Center in Sartell.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and after 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.  Parish prayers will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. 

Hilde was born September 20, 1925 in Pierz, Minnesota to Leo and Ida (Sauer) Virnig.  She graduated from St. Joseph’s Parochial School, Little Falls High School and the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1948.  Hilde received her M.D. in 1949 after completing her one-year internship.  Hilde was a highly respected and beloved Physician in Caledonia, MN for over 40 years.  Hilde married Dr. Neil Norris in Caledonia, where he also was a physician and he passed away after eight years of marriage.   Hilde was active with the Caledonia Rotary Club and Historical Society.  She also attended many Medical Conferences to keep her knowledge current.  Hilde moved to Sartell in 2013 to be closer to family after suffering an injury.  She was a member of St. Anthony’s Parish after her move.

Hilde enjoyed traveling, good coffee, shopping and fashion.  She will be remembered as having a love for her patients and in return their love for her.  She also will be fondly remembered by family for her love and generosity.

Hilde is survived by her siblings, Morris Virnig, DDS of Sartell, Josephine Stannard of Farmington and Dr.  Norm (Kathleen) Virnig of St. Cloud; stepchild, Kathy Norris of Oregon; nieces and nephews, Paula, Katie and Martha Stannard; Dawn, Joy, Matthew, Timothy and Thomas Virnig; and 22 great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepson, Dr. Tom Norris; niece, Mary Virnig; and nephews, Rick Virnig and Robert Ariel.

A heartfelt thank you to Country Manor Campus and CentraCare Hospice for their kind and compassionate care. 

Memorials are preferred to the Houston County Historical Society in Caledonia or the Leo and Ida Virnig Program of Preventable Disease at the University of Minnesota.

Guestbook for Dr. Hildegard J. "Hilde" Virnig

Sylvia Onsta
, Patient
March 7, 2019, 12:24 am
My prayers and condolences to Hilde’s family and friends. Dr.Virnig delivered me back in ‘55 and both of my children in the ‘70’s. She was a tiny, quiet powerhouse of a person & the most caring and capable of doctors. Truly a blessing to her community and patients.
Emilie Peterson
, Friend and coworker
February 25, 2019, 5:09 pm
I worked as an RN in Caledonia in the 1970's and had the privilege of working with Dr. Virnig(Hilde). She was also our family physician. She practiced the art as well as the science of medicine with great compassion. I learned much from her example and will always remember her fondly. My deepest sympathies to her family
, Patient
February 23, 2019, 8:13 pm
In the late '50 my mother and I rolled an old Plymouth on the icy road near the Elmer Theis farm. A Sealtest truck driver took us home to Eitzen. Soon after Dr. Virnig showed up at our house to stitch up a gash in my knee and all was good. Such a gentle soul with a gigantic heart full of love. Questions remain unanswered. Who called her? How did she get there?
, Neighbor
February 23, 2019, 1:25 pm
Please accept my condolences. It is a very sad/emotional time when our love ones sleep in death. I hope you find comfort in the words found in John 5:28-29 and look forward to the day where we can hug our loved ones again. This is a promise from the God that does not lie and that promises to wipe all tears of pain Revelation 21:3-4. For more comforting thoughts, please visit www.jw.org.
Marie Eglinton
, Patient
February 21, 2019, 5:09 am
Dr. Virnig was the best doctor I’ve had. Coldest hands but she had the warmest heart. She brought me into this world and 20 years later brought my oldest son into this world. She was a true treasure for the Caledonia community. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
, Patient
February 21, 2019, 1:15 am
I fell at my Grandparents home in Eitzen,MN. on Christmas day in 1965 and required stitches at the Caledonia, MN. hospital. Dr. Hilde placed the stitches and her brother Norman was studying to be a physician and was also there. Years later I worked with Dr. N. Virnig in a St. Paul hospital. While visiting Caledonia over the years I heard nothing but kind words said about Dr. H. from both her patients and staff members she worked with.
Mary L Meyer
, Patient
February 20, 2019, 11:02 pm
Loved and trusted her.
Phyllis Troendle Onstad
, former patient
February 20, 2019, 9:57 pm
Even as a young child I was in awe of Dr. Virnig-one of few women doctors at the time. She was so kind, knowledgeable and energetic. I was also fortunate to have her as my obgyn doctor for both my pregnancies. I count her as one of my role models growing up in the Caledonia area--back in the day. She was the best and so giving of her time and talent within the community
Duane Kinneberg
, 1 of the first babies she delivered in Caledonia
February 20, 2019, 9:29 pm
To the Virnig family, I am sad to hear of her passing. Deepest sympathy to the family. She was a wonderful doctor.
, She was my first doctor
February 20, 2019, 9:13 pm
I remember talking to her at my mothers funeral. She still had cold hands.
Karyl Diersen
, Patient
February 20, 2019, 8:03 pm
Dr. Virnig delivered both my husband and my two sons. I will never forget her kind and friendly manner. Even after she retired she would stop on the street to visit. Rest in piece, Dr. Virnig!
Denise Miller Stachnik
, Patient and friend
February 20, 2019, 7:58 pm
My condolences to the Virnig family, she will be missed. Since moving near St. Cloud 4 years ago, my husband and I have been entertaining at various nursing homes, including Country Manor. I would announce as they wheeled Dr. Virnig in, that “Here comes the lady who helped bring me into the world 62 years ago!” And that “She was quite a seamstress, as we Miller kids were pretty wild and she had to sew each of us up a few times, with little trace of a scar!” We would visit with her and she had such a sharp memory. It was fun discussing Caledonia memories with her. I will miss her.
Janene Rollins Meisch
, Friend
February 20, 2019, 6:40 pm
My mother, Leota Rollins, was a nurse at the Caledonia hospital for over 40 years. She had the privilege of working with both Dr Virnig and Dr Norris. Leota passed in October of 2017 but she always spoke highly of Dr Virnig and respected her greatly. Truly a legend in the community.
Danielle Burg
, Patient
February 20, 2019, 5:40 pm
Caledonia was so fortunate to have had the great Dr Virnig. She was the most gentle, caring and compassionate person I’ve ever know. Anyone who had her as a physician were blessed in having her share her knowledge, advice and medical talents with them. There’s a special place in heaven for people like her. My sincere thoughts and sympathy to her descendants. She has left a great legacy.

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