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Virginia Hilden 10/05/2020

Virginia Hilden 10/05/2020

Virginia Faye Hilden, age 80, died peacefully in hospice care in Hastings, Minnesota on Monday, October 5th, 2020. She was born the daughter of Peter and Edna Anderson on September 20, 1940 in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota graduating from Pelican Rapids, MN. Virginia received her licensed practical nursing degree. In her later years, she worked for 3M in Package Engineering and ended her working years driving school bus. Virginia had an unwavering faith and could sing several hymns by heart even when her health was failing. She adored her family and loved traditions, practicing them regularly. Virginia enjoyed family gatherings, volunteering in the community, and talking about past family memories living on the farm. She read many books about old traditions and shared the life lessons with the family. Virginia wrote her own book detailing her life story including her experiences with friends and family. She was proud of her Norwegian Heritage and shared lefse and lutefisk at family gatherings and select holidays. In addition to her Norwegian cooking, Virginia made the best potato salad and roast beef dinners. She loved her animal companions and enjoyed building routines and traditions with them. Virginia enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially, the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, and college basketball tournaments with the occasional innocent wager amongst the grandchildren. She was proud of her husband and his humorous, admirable character. Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Edna Anderson; husband, Richard Hilden; brother, Ronald. She is survived by her children, Laura (Ron) Rau and Jeff (Lori); grandchildren, Allison (Doug Maitland), Matt (Laura Rameaux), Nick, Joe, Jade, and Derek; great-grandchildren, Rylee, Alexandra, Jackson, and Avery; siblings, Phillis (Jim) Norton, Ione (Clint) Gjerde, Carol (Mike) McCarthy, Chuck (Mary Jo) Anderson, Mary (Lowell) Johnson and longtime family friend, Richard Wolden. A Private Family Graveside service was in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Roxi Posted October 20, 2020 11:57 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ginny at the bus garage years ago. She soon began bringing her dog to me to be groomed. She was an amazing lady! Absolutely loved visiting with her. She will certainly be missed by me.

  • Jill Buss Posted October 22, 2020 8:17 pm

    I worked with Ginny at 3M and always enjoyed her sense of humor even while working with some rather difficult people in the department. She will be missed.

  • Mardell Walton Posted October 26, 2020 12:49 pm

    I met Ginny years ago at 3M. The beginning of a long friendship. We celebrated our birthdays together each year. Sometimes with road trips and sometimes just with lunch. Many happy memories. Will miss you Ginny.

  • Yvonne Benson Posted March 26, 2021 6:20 pm

    Ginny was a very special lady. I had the pleasure of seeing her at church and working with her on the funeral committee. She always had a smile and was very good at making sure things got done right. I had the pleasure of taking her to her eye Dr. appts and we had some wonderful conversations. We also had some nice visits at her home. I will miss her. Rest In Peace Ginny. God Bless you!

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