Virgil A. “Vir” Uphoff, 85

UphoffVirgilWEBVirgil A. “Vir” Uphoff, age 85 of Greenwald, died on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 2 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald with Rev. Omar Guanchez officiating and Rev. Ken Thielman concelebrating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Lake Henry Legion.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church in Greenwald. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m. followed by the Lake Henry Legion at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Virgil Alois Uphoff was born December 23, 1927 in New Munich, Minnesota to Bernard and Frieda (Klaphake) Uphoff. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. After the service, he began working for his brother at the Greenwald Locker and continued working there for many years. On June 23, 1956 he married Shirley Hoeschen at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Vir also worked at Jennie-O Foods in Melrose until his retirement. He enjoyed ice fishing with the guys, bowling, playing, coaching and watching baseball.

Vir was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Greenwald, Lake Henry Legion and the Greenwald Lions.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Uphoff of Greenwald; children, Paula (Wendell) Daluge of St. Cloud, Greg (Tina) Uphoff of Plymouth, Sam (Sara) Uphoff of Elk River and Gina (Tim) Och of Sartell; nine grandchildren; sister, Regina “Regie” Sunderman of Sauk Centre; sister-in-law, Sally Uphoff of Dassel; and  brothers-in-law, Clarence Von Wahlde of New Munich and Jerome Lemm of New Munich.

Vir was preceded in death by his parents; infant grandson, Jake Uphoff; sisters and brothers, Celestine Uphoff, Sylvester Uphoff, Bernadette Lemm and Dorine Von Wahlde; sister-in-law, Rose Uphoff; and brother-in-law, Jack Sunderman.

Serving as casket bearers will be April Daluge, Jonathon Daluge, Carly Uphoff, Ashley Uphoff, Kyle Och and Melissa Uphoff. Cross bearer will McKenna Uphoff. Gift bearers will be Nick Uphoff and Jordan Och. Reader will be Betty Meyer and Eucharistic Minister will be Jack Petermeier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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