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Date: Friday,
January 26, 2018

Time: 10:00-11:00 A.M.

First United Methodist Church
Austin, Minnesota


Date: Friday,
January 26, 2018

Time: 11:00 A.M.

First United Methodist Church
Austin, Minnesota


Sunset Rest Cemetery
Northwood, Iowa


Virginia E. Beck, age 84 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System - Austin, surrounded by her family.  Virginia Ellen was born April 17, 1933 in Tenstrike, Minnesota to Richard L. and Mayme M. (Konklin) Hovey.  Virginia was a graduate of Bemidji High School.  In 1951 she was united in marriage to Leo Tamke in Bemidji, and added to this union are her loving sons, Dennis, Gary, and Mark.  Virginia and Leo later divorced.  In 1963 she married Rodney Smith in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and to this union were added her loving sons Keith, Dwight, Duane, and Scott.  In 1966 the family moved to Lyle, Minnesota, before eventually settling in Austin.  Over the years she was employed at Warehouse Market in Austin, and later the Mower County Jail.  Virginia started out as a cook at the jail, and worked her way up to become the first female civilian jailor in Mower County before retiring in 1999.  Virginia enjoyed playing bingo, cooking and baking, eating out with friends, and attending a good chicken fry at the various service clubs in the Austin area.  She was a member of the Lansing United Methodist Church, and at the center of her life was the love she had for her sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by her sons Dennis (Rose) Tamke of Austin, Gary (Tracy) Tamke of Bloomington, Mark (Joy) Tamke of Austin, Keith (Kimberly) Smith of Prior Lake, Dwight (Mickey) Smith of Austin, Duane (Tammy) Smith of Austin, and Scott Smith of Austin; 20 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.  Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Ruby, Marie, and Edna; and by her brother Richard.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Austin with Reverend Shari Mason officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday morning, prior to the service at First United Methodist Church.  Interment will be in the Sunset Rest Cemetery in Northwood, Iowa.  Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. 


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