Virginia Looft, 75, of Algona, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Algona Good Samaritan Care Center. Funeral services are Wednesday, March 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with burial in Blakjer Cemetery near Seneca.
Virginia Lee Hoppe Looft (Jini) daughter of Glen and Edna (Genrich) Hoppe, was born Feb. 9, 1944, at the Hoppe family farm in Waverly Township in Martin County, west of Truman, Minn. Virginia was baptized into the Lutheran faith by the Rev. E.T. Heyne at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman on March 12, 1944.
Virginia attended St Paul’s Lutheran Parochial School for grades 1-8 and did her confirmation at that time. She went on to Truman Public High School for the completion of her high school education. While in high school, she was active in Future Homemakers of America, drama, music, speech and also had the job of office assistant. She also did much babysitting for nieces and nephews.
Virginia met her future husband, David Looft, in October of 1961, and they were married at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman on June 20, 1962. They made their home north of Fenton in Seneca Township on Highway 15 for 26 years, during which time David farmed with his father, Henry Looft. Here, they raised their family of four children: Brian, Scott, Janet and Jason.
In March 1988, they moved to the family farm one mile west of Seneca. Virginia was an active member of the Club of the Seventies. She had a big garden, canned, sewied and tended her numerous flowerbeds along with running with their kids. They were members of Blakjar Lutheran Church in rural Seneca, and in 1971, they transferred to St John’s Lutheran Church in Fenton, where all their children were confirmed. In 2010 they transferred to Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, and in Jan 2012, they bought a home in Algona and moved to town – a first for both of them.
Over her lifetime Virginia wore many different hats. She was a licensed nursing assistant, working at the Heritage Nursing Home in Bancroft; Lakeview Methodist Nursing Home, Fairmont, Minn.; and the Lutz Wing at Fairmont Community Hospital in Fairmont. As a farmer, she often helped her husband in the fields with the farm chores. She was a Sunday school teacher, vacation Bible school teacher, active in band mothers and in later years, genealogy, tracing both her family and her husband’s family history. She also very much loved her family. Of all the different hats she wore, the ones she wore the proudest were the hats of wife, mother, homemaker and as her husband's dance partner.
Virginia is survived by her children: Brian Looft and his wife Julie, Wichita, Kan.; Scott Looft and Nichol Foertsch, Algona; Janet Nyman and her husband Arlen, Algona; and Jason Looft and his wife Jennifer of Lewisville, Texas, and nine grandchildren: U.S. Air Force Cpt. Jessica (Pat) Meade; Steven, Eric, Evan, Ashley, Samantha and Matthew Looft; and Benjamin and Ashton Nyman. Also surviving are a brother, Freeman Hoppe and his wife Marion, St James, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Carol Hoppe (Marvin), Eden Prairie, Minn.; a brother-in-law, John Looft and his wife Patricia of Victoria, Minn.; and a sister-in-law, Elaine Looft and her husband Bill Schulz, Arlington Heights, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She will be missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Edna Hoppe, Truman, Minn.; husband, David Looft; parents-in-law, Henry and Cena Looft, Fenton; two brothers, Milford and his wife Lois, Truman, Minn., and Marvin, Eden Prairie, Minn.; a sister, Shirley and her husband Robert Thate, Cylon, Minn.; and a brother-in-law, Richard Looft, Arlington Heights, Ill. She also was preceded in death by all her uncles and aunts and some cousins and nieces.
The Lentz Funeral Home in Algona is serving the family.