Virginia L Blietz-Kotz

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Virginia Lea Blietz-Kotz, age 95 of Marshalltown, formerly of New Hampton, passed away on January 24, 2021, at Accura HealthCare in Marshalltown, Iowa. Virginia was born on October 8, 1925 in rural New Hampton, Iowa the daughter of John A. and Tina (Stansbery) Slick. She was born the youngest of 7 siblings. She attended New Hampton Elementary and High School graduating in 1943. On July 24, 1945 she was united in marriage to Glen R. Blietz at the First Baptist Church in New Hampton. To this union two children were born, Glenda and Allen G. Blietz. Virginia worked several places in New Hampton including two TeKippe’s stores and the Main Diner café, and she retired from the United Telephone Company in 1980 after 25 years. After retirement, she became a full-time caregiver for Glen for 18 years. Virginia was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Hampton, where she was an active member of the Amoma and Mission Circles and assisted with Vacation Bible School, the Olympics, and the Giving Tree. In 1988 she was named 'Woman of the Year’ by the Business and Professional Women (BPW), where she was a member. Virginia greatly enjoyed helping others, volunteering in a number of ways at the Senior Center, both Nursing Homes, and the Carnegie Center in New Hampton. She also belonged to the Trinity Lutheran Quilting Circle. Throughout her life, Virginia treasured time with family and friends. She was known to always enjoy a good spirited card game, playing bingo, gardening, and baking. Virginia and Glen did a lot of traveling and enjoyed camping and fishing. Virginia has been to Canada, Mexico, Germany and every state except Louisiana and Alaska. They enjoyed a wonderful life together until Glen passed away in 1997 from MS. Virginia expanded her family when she married Wilbur A. Kotz on December 16, 2000. Together they lived southwest of New Hampton. Wilbur passed away in 2008. Virginia is survived by her children Glenda (Roger) Hackman of Marshalltown, Iowa and Allen G. (Eva) Blietz of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Shawn Hackman of Las Vegas, Nevada, Tonia (Dave) Petrie of Pahrump, Nevada, Dawn McKinley of Schaumburg, Illinois, Allen S. (Jennifer) Blietz of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania and Adam (Amanda Kokus) Blietz of Windsor, Pennsylvania; five Great-Grandchildren Alexis Blietz, Makalea Petrie, Hayden Petrie, Kate McKinley, and Cole McKinley; step-children Tom (Michele) Kotz, Patsy Fickbohm, Robb (Cindy) Kotz, Kate (Mark) Van Tassel, and Sue Kotz; step-daughter-in-law Barb Kotz and step-son-in-law Rick Kruger; 13 step-grandchildren; and 17 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Glen (1997); husband Wilbur A. (2008); 4 brothers Lyle Slick, Ronald Slick, and 2 boys in infancy; 3 sisters Myrtle Zipse, Evelyn Rodberg, and 1 girl in infancy; and step-children Wilbur E. Kotz, LaLonna Kotz and Merry Kruger. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating. Burial will be in the New Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be one hours prior to the service. Memorials will be given to the various organizations Virginia has supported. PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON CONWAY-MARKHAM FUNERAL HOME’S FACEBOOK PAGE AT 1:00 PM ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 29.

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  1. Al & Eva Blietz & family, we are so sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you in these difficult days.

  2. Glenda and Allen today I feel happy thinking of your mom and mine in heaven together along with our dads and so many more. We called her Aunt Virginia and still do. When Bonnie told me she had passed she called her Aunt Virginia what a caring person. One of my favorite memories of your mother was that she made our wedding cake it was beautiful and tasted good! Prayers for your families and Love Lynn and Ron Karnatz

  3. Glenda and Allen, you have my deepest sympathy! When I was growing up, I got to know Virginia well. I grew up backdoor from Glen’s mom so I always saw Virginia around. When I moved into my first apartment, it was right next door to your mom and dad’s. I visited with them often thru the years. She was a very sweet lady and I always enjoyed our visits. Prayers to the entire family.

  4. Glenda and family you have my sympathy on the loss of Virginia, Always enjoyed talking to her whenever I saw her.

  5. My sympathy to Virginia’s family in her passing. She was a wonderful person! Prayers for all during this time of loss. Jan Manson

  6. Virginia was a very dear person. She never had a harsh word to say about anyone. I thoroughly enjoyed her friendship, especially after my mother died. Terry (Denner) Bayes

  7. Virginia was such a sweet spirit. Always there to help others. She is such an example of giving expecting nothing in return. Many of us will miss her. Loved her beautiful cakes too. Many fond memories of those too. Blessings to her on her new journey. Prayers of love and support to all the family 💕🙏

  8. I have so many fond memories of Aunt Virginia; she was truly a wonderful woman. Sending love and sympathy-

  9. Our sympathy to all of Virginia’s family. She was such a friendly and happy lady, always nice to visit with.

  10. Virginia truly was a living angel. She was always there with a helping hand for others that needed assistance. Some of my fondest memories were watching her decorate cakes. One time specifically, she painstakingly showed me how to make one of her delicate frosting roses. i remember New Years Eve gatherings where she and Glen played cards with my parents (Ralph and Nell) and Marian and Ronnie. My deepest condolences to all of you. God Bless. Jane Wamsher Angell

  11. Glenda and Family, you have our deepest sympathy for your loss. I have many happy memories with Aunt Virginia when I was a child and she would watch me and my brothers. There were also many special family events where we were able to spend time together. We will miss her dearly. I found a picture from back in 1980 of a baby shower for Laurie Zipse (my sister in law). I think you’ll recognize a few people in this photo. Aunt Virginia is 2nd from the left. Love, Maury & Deb Zipse

  12. Glenda: I am sorry that you have lost your mother, and grateful that you had her so long. I remember when she taught us how to decorate cakes. I hope you and her many loved ones are comforted by your memories.

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