Virginia Mae Herold
April 20, 2020

Virginia Mae Herold, age 91 of Crystal, MN passed away April 20, 2020 at St. Therese of New Hope Care Center from coronavirus.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Minnie Warne; siblings, Mildred Countryman, Leo Warne, Raymond Warne, Dorothy Warne, Clarice Morris and Carol Greunwald; 1st husband, Delbert Morris; 2nd husband, Lyle Herold; children, Gerald Morris, Clarence Morris, Caroline Morris, David Morris, Cheryl Morris, Allen Morris, and step-daughter Teresa Miller. Survived by brother Maynard Warne; step-daughters, Wanda (Delton) Cardwell, Melanie (Steven) Droll, and Sally Olin; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends.

Virginia was born on July 15, 1928 in Watertown, SD. She was the 4th child of Clarence and Minnie Warne. She lived most of her childhood in Delano, MN. Virginia loved to garden flowers with her Mom. Sadly she lost her mother unexpectedly at the age of 17. She missed her senior year of High School to take on the role of “Mom” to her younger siblings. This was just one of many examples of the sacrifices she made all her life out of loyalty to family and love for others.

Virginia had an energetic, fun-loving and infectious personality that would put a smile on your face. In 1946 she married Delbert Morris. She lost three children (David, Cheryl and Allen) early in their life due to RH blood disease. Virginia worked many years as a lab technician for Skippy Peanut Butter. In 1972 she married Lyle Herold. They enjoyed decades together. She loved traveling, going out dancing, playing cards with friends, and family get-togethers. She was an outstanding crochet artist who generously gave away the beautiful things she made to others. Virginia was known for her great cooking and baking. She could throw a dinner for 30 guests without a glitch where no one went home hungry or empty handed. Virginia loved Christmas—she baked and shopped for months and decorated every room in her home. Christmas celebrations were grand events where she made everyone feel special and loved.

In retirement Virginia and Lyle moved to Phoenix, AZ. She returned to MN in 2012.

Virginia’s Christian faith was especially strong and her Lutheran heritage very important to her. She always belonged to a Lutheran Church wherever she lived. Her life exemplified the Heart of the Gospel–generosity. She gave from her heart expecting nothing in return. While in the nursing home she remarked, “In my life I left no stone unturned in asking Jesus for help. I think people thought I was crazy sometimes, but I left no stone unturned!”

Many thanks to the staff at St. Therese of New Hope for their wonderful and loving care of Virginia. Due to health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19, Virginia’s Memorial Service will be held at a later date.