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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Virginia Brangwin

Virginia Rose Brangwin (Downing)

Monday, January 17th, 1927 - Sunday, August 4th, 2019
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Virginia Rose Brangwin, 92, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Rev. Chris Meier will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Mauer – Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service.

Virginia Rose Brangwin was born on January 17, 1927 in Le Mars, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer LeRoy and Frieda Otilda (Tanner) Downing. She attended Le Mars High School and graduated in 1945. After high school, Virginia worked at the J.C. Penney department store until her marriage to John E. Brangwin on February 26, 1950.

Along with raising her three children, Virginia taught Head Start from 1968 to 1988. She also volunteered at the Good Samaritan Village in Le Mars for 46 years. Virginia was a long term member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars where she taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was the first woman elected to the Church Council and was chairman of the Dorcas Circle for many years. Virginia has a strong faith in God and believed in the power of prayer. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings and celebrating annual holiday traditions.

She is lovingly remembered by her children and their spouses, Larry and Lisa Brangwin of Le Mars, IA, David and Tonia Brangwin of Palm Bay, FL and Janet and Mark Skidmore of Overland Park, KS; grandchildren, Sara (Anthony) Jones, Jason Brangwin, Shaun (Heather) Brangwin, Peter (Nicole) Brangwin, Kristine (Charles) Turner, Kevin (Haley) Clayton and Kara Clayton; sisters, Evelyn Kallsen of Le Mars, IA and Dorothy Trobaugh of Le Mars, IA.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John on March 26, 2016; and two sisters, Betty Ahrendt and Joyce Nervig.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Good Samaritan Society or Hospice of Siouxland.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Mauer Johnson Funeral Home
    780 12th Street SW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior the funeral service.
  • Service

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 10:30am
    St. John's Lutheran Church
    201 1st Ave NW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    Rev. Chris Meier
  • Interment

    Memorial Cemetery
    111 3rd Street
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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  • Reception

    St. John's Lutheran Church
    201 1st Ave NW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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Janice Kellen Mahoney

Posted at 12:20pm
Dave and family, I’m so sorry to hear about the death of your mom.
I hope you are finding comfort in the love of family and friends.
Janice Kellen Mahoney


Posted at 04:22pm
sorry to hear about your loss


Posted at 09:40pm
Janet, Larry, David and families, or sympathies to all of you. Your Mom was an influence in my life as she was also to many others. As our neighbor, she often provided rides to swimming lessons and pool time, Halloween parties at “Aunt Lils”, family gatherings at “Grandma Brangwins” and Bible School. We shared Grandparents and telephone party lines. Our parents were long time friends and now we are long time friends. May your many memories comfort you in your loss. Love, Diane Hazel Jensen and Larry Jensen

Dixie & Robert Halastik

Posted at 05:49pm
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Posted at 11:50am
David, Janet & Larry
I have fond memories of your mother and dad at St. Johns and also as friends of my parents, Bud & Mabel Scholer.
It is difficult to lose a parent, but especially difficult when it is your last parent. My condolences to you all.
Barbara (Scholer) Birmingham, classmate of David.

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