Virginia Kaschke

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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 2:22 pm | Updated: 4:00 pm, Thu Oct 25, 2018.

  Memorial services for Virginia R. Kaschke, 77, will be Friday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. at the All Saints Chapel, Good Samaritan Village in Hastings, with the Rev. Rodger Good officiating. There will be no viewing or visitation as her wishes were to be cremated. Private family burial will take place at a later date.  

Virginia Kaschke died Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.

Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia was born on Nov. 21, 1940, in Rock Springs, Wyo., to Ted and Ruth (Boulter) Kleist. The family later moved to a farm near Lisco. Virginia attended rural schools for her elementary years and graduated from Garden County High School, in Oshkosh, in 1959. She worked for Consumers Public Power after graduation.

On Oct. 18, 1959, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Eldon L. Kaschke. Eldon and Virginia were to live many places throughout Nebraska while Eldon followed his career with Nebraska Public Power District. They lived in Ogallala, Elgin, Oshkosh, Neligh, Osmond, Humboldt and Creighton, finally retiring to Blue Hill, and later to Good Samaritan Village in Hastings.

Virginia was a homemaker and mother and later held jobs with Reed’s Accounting, Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph and Creighton care home.  She was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and loved every minute she could spend with them. Virginia loved celebrating Christmas and was in her element decorating and making Christmas special for her grandchildren. She loved things that sparkled and also found great joy in little things such as hugs, brightly colored flowers, collecting elephants and friends who wore purple and red hats. She was a fierce champion of those she loved. The last eight years of her life were fraught with illnesses, but she kept going through it all because she loved being with her family.

Virginia is survived by her husband of 59 years, Eldon of Hastings; three children, Greg (Angie) Kaschke of Pierce; Jill (John) Kinley of Bladen; Heidi Kaschke (Eric Hochstein) of Omaha; five grandchildren, Jennifer Kaschke, Sam Kaschke, Kylie Kinley, Erin Kinley and Dan Kinley; and a brother, Frank Kleist Sr.  

She was preceded in death by her parents and by two siblings, Jack Kleist and Patricia Yetter.

Memorials can be directed to the Oshkosh Library and Garden County Schools. Private condolences may be sent to the family at

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