Virginia A. Petron, 101

Virginia A. Petron, a resident of Rice,  passed away Monday, June 18, 2012,  at the Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Annunciation Catholic Church, Mayhew Lake for Virginia A. Petron, age 101, who passed away Monday at Country Manor Health Care Center, Sartell.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.  Friends and family may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake and one hour prior to the services Thursday also at the church.  Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m., followed by Annunciation Christian Mothers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Virginia was born Dec. 5, 1910, in Sauk Rapids to Joseph and Martha (Montag) Hess. She married Ralph Petron, April 26, 1931, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. Virginia was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church her entire life where she was the oldest living member and was a member of Annunciation Christian Mothers and St. Joseph’s Mission Group. Virginia enjoyed quilting hundreds of quilts, baking cookies and caramel rolls, gardening, and caregiving (always helping those in need). She was a gracious and kind woman of faith who was hard working, fun loving and energetic.
Survivors include her sons and daughters, Gloria Buettner of St. Cloud, Shirley Gebhardt of Sauk Rapids, Gale (Dorrain) of Rice, Dennis (Joyce) of Royalton, Jim (Bev) of Rice, Willard (Pat) of Rice, Donald (Renee) of Rice, Jerry (Kathy) of Royalton and Kathlyn (Jim) Gottwalt of Rice; sister, Rosemarie Krier of Inver Grove Heights; sister-in-law, Harriet Hess of Sauk Rapids; 60 grandchildren, 107 great-grandchildren, and 26 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph; son, Glenn; grandchildren, Kim Schutz, Barbara Petron and Lonnie Buettner; brothers, Arthur, Clarence, John and Willard Hess; sisters, Bernice Dusha, Lorraine Kramer, Louise Neff and LuVerne Hansen; and sons-in-law John Gebhardt and Leo Buettner.
The family would like to thank Country Manor for the kind and compassionate care for the past six months and to Dr. Harold Windschitl for 50 years of care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.