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Virginia "Ginny" Kolterman Ahlschwede
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Birth: Feb. 2, 1923
Red Oak
Montgomery County
Iowa, USA
Death: Oct. 10, 2010
Grand Island
Hall County
Nebraska, USA

Virginia "Ginny" Kolterman Ahlschwede, 87, of Central City died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island after a short illness. Ginny was born on Feb. 2, 1923, to John and Bertha (Mayland) Kolterman of Red Oak, Iowa.

Survivors are: daughters and son-in-law, Sharon Ahlschwede of Sylmar, Calif., and Barbara and Christian Gunther of Laramie, Wyo.,; sons and daughter-in-law, Dr. John and Judy Ahlschwede of Central City and Richard Ahlschwede of Central City; brothers and sister-in-law, John and Nancy Kolterman of Valrico, Fla., and Robert Kolterman of Tampa, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, Marianne and Arnold Glessmann of Birmingham, Mich.; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives.

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Lois Kopp.

Graduating high school in Red Oak in 1940, Ginny attended the University of Nebraska. She majored in music education and graduated in 1944. She married Philip Ahlschwede on Nov. 18, 1945 and started their life together in Omaha. In 1946, they opened the Ben Franklin Variety Store in Ravenna. Then in 1952, they relocated to Trinidad, Colo., and started another Ben Franklin Variety Store. In 1959, Virginia returned to Ravenna where she started her music teaching career. During this time, she provided private piano lessons. Later, Virginia also taught music in Grand Island and Gillette, Wyo. In 1974, she returned to Red Oak, Iowa where she lived until moving to Central City in 1998.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed people's company through playing cards, reading groups and traveling. Ginny was an avid sewer and knitter. Her love for music motivated her to bring the Community Concert Series to Gillette, Wyo. And one could always count on Ginny to enjoy the theater. Her ultimate pleasure was time spent with family.

Published in The Grand Island Independent on 10/13/2010 
Central City Cemetery
Central City
Merrick County
Nebraska, USA
Created by: CPR
Record added: Oct 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60030566
Virginia Ginny <i>Kolterman</i> Ahlschwede
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