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Virginia W. Fenwick

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KEWANEE – Virginia W. Fenwick, 88, of Kewanee, was taken home to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Coventry Village Nursing Home in Sterling.

Virginia was born March 25, 1925, in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of John and Cora (McCumber) Lee. She married Martin (Gabe) Fenwick on Aug. 7, 1945. He died on Sept. 15, 1983. They lived in Galva early in their marriage, then moved to Kewanee in 1953. They were members of Visitation Catholic Church in Kewanee.

Virginia took great pride in her role as Girl Scout leader for 10 years. She also was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the Visitation Parish Council, serving as a minister of communion for a few years. She was a skilled seamstress and taught this skill to all her daughters. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and making wedding cakes. She and her husband bought and operated the Tastee Freez, and later built a full-size facility, Fenwick’s Family Restaurant, which was well known for its excellent fried chicken. After losing the restaurant in a fire caused by a lightning strike, Virginia donated a considerable amount of time to the Salvation Army retail store in downtown Kewanee. Her very favorite role in life was as a grandmother, and she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

Virginia is survived by her children, Ronald (Joan) Fenwick of Bloomington, Ind., Jeanette (Roger) Brickman of Fowler, Darlene (Ronald) Billiet of Sterling, Sara Fenwick of Schaumburg, Eva (Shawn) O’Laughlin of Hopkins, Minn., and Marty Fenwick of Kewanee. Grandchildren include Jeremy and Ben Fenwick, Amanda (David) Norris, Michelle (Kelly) Hodge, Gabe (Melissa) Billiet, Rebecca Billiet, and Michael “Patrick” O’Laughlin and his fiancé, Cari. She also was great-grandmother to Emily and Allie Thayer, Harrison Hodge, and Ella and Genevieve Billiet. She also is survived by a brother, Bud, of North Bend, Ore.; a sister, Phyllis Larvenz of Moline; a sister-in-law, Nellie Larvenz of Kewanee; as well as many nieces and nephews.  

Also preceding Virginia in death were her brothers, LaVerne, Clifford, and Willis; sister, Lola; as well as Willis’ widow, Barbara.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee.

Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army in Kewanee or Coventry Village Nursing Home in Sterling.

Visit www.ruxfuneralhome.com to send condolences.

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