Virginia “Jenny” E. Plemel


A gathering of family and friends was 4-7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids, celebrating the life of Virginia “Jenny” E. Plemel, 77 of Sauk Rapids who passed away Jan. 13, 2022, at her home, surrounded by family.

Virginia was born April 10, 1944, in Sauk Rapids to Fred and Mildred (Jansen) Benner. She married Bill Plemel Nov. 16, 1963. Jenny worked as a bartender at the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992. She was also a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, especially solitaire and cribbage, and watching wrestling every Monday night. She was humble, strong and at times, stubborn. Jenny enjoyed spending time with her family and listening to Elvis Presley.

Survivors include her sons and daughter, John of Sauk Rapids, Joe of Sauk Rapids, Laura (Jeff) Hoihjelle of Sauk Rapids and Gary (Cathy) of Sartell; granddaughters, Nikole (Sam) Cooney, Amanda (Connor), Alexis, Mackenzie and Mariah Plemel; great-grandson, Lucas Cooney; great-granddaughter, Peyton Cooney; sister, Margaret Crosthwaite of Rice and brother, Ralph (Lisa) Benner of Long Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill in 2010; sister, Dolores Doeden and brothers, Robert, James and Edward Benner.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Croix Hospice for the compassionate care that was given to Jenny, and especially to her granddaughter, Amanda who also cared for Jenny her final months.

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