Virginia Felker, nee Guldbrandsen, passed peacefully on Friday March 13, 2015. She was 94 years old.

Virginia is survived by her son, Peter, daughters Nona, Mary Ann and Elsa, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, extended family and many friends in California, South Carolina, Texas and Canada. She was preceded in passing by her sister Mary Jane Bisset of Whittier, California and Johanna Miller of Elwood City, Pennsylvania her husband of 55 years, Rev. E.A. Felker of Newberry, South Carolina.

Virginia was born in Elwood City, Pennsylvania August 18, 1920 to Peter Guldbrandsen, a draftsman and native of Denmark and Bessie May Guldbrandsen nee Arkwright, a housewife.

In her early years, Virginia helped to raise her sisters after her father’s death when she was 11 years old. After graduating from Elwood City high school she attended Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania graduating as a teacher in 1945. After graduation, Virginia worked with the Lutheran Women’s Organization primarily teaching children. For her work, she was featured on the cover of Lutheran Women’s Work in 1946. That cover-story introduced Rev. E.A. Felker to Virginia and prompted him to begin writing to her. They were married later that year.

Shepherding parishioners and her family alongside her husband she made homes in Pennsylvania, New Brunswick, Ontario, South Carolina, Georgia and most recently, California.

Virginia taught school children well into her seventies, was active in her church, enjoyed the outdoors, loved to travel and made friends wherever she went. She was an amazing story-teller both in English and in Danish.

Virginia will be remembered at Grace Lutheran Church in Prosperity, South Carolina on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11am. All who enjoyed her company are welcome to attend. Memorial contributions are welcome and can be address to Newberry County Family YMCA Annual Scholarship Campaign, ATTN: Pam Lister, PO Box 662, Newberry, SC 29108.

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#7 Wendy Riley 2015-03-25 00:14
Miss Virginia was a very sweet person. I have thought of her often and remember her excitement of the cruise she took to Alaska. She was winderfully outspoken and funny. I will remember her with love.
#6 The Drapers 2015-03-19 22:37
Elsa and your family. It is wonderful to read about your mom. her legacy will live on in the lives of so many that she had contact with for 94 years! May she now rest in peace. Anne-Marie, Robin, Ming & Kian.
#5 FlorenceMcdermottSan 2015-03-19 15:19
We called her Grandma Felker and Virginia;
We knew her as a teacher,a pastor's wife, mother, grandmother, librarian, babysitter, volunteer, friend, but mostly a wonderful lady, who loved to have a good time with all ages.
Virginia could light up a room with that twinkle in her eye and her warm smile and gentle spirit.
She was always up for an adventure or challenge. Just being around her made us enjoy and appreciate the smallest moments in life.
She passed these same qualities on to her children, Peter,Nona Kaye, Mary Ann and Elsa.
We will miss her dearly; with love and admiration ,
Robyn Flood and Farmer
P.S. Wishing we could be with you all at this difficult time, please know we are thinking of you all and our prayers are with you.
#4 Gwen Kalbfleisch 2015-03-18 18:13
Very sorry to learn of Virginia's passing.Her spunk, friendly attitude and never afraid to try something new was an inspiration to everyone. My prayers are with you all.
#3 Anita Fulmer 2015-03-18 11:35
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Virginia. She was a sweet lady.Keeping your family in my prayers.
#2 donna hall 2015-03-18 09:07
i am sad to hear of Ms Virginia's passing. she was blessed with 94 years i will always remember her with a smile! please accept my heartfelt symphathy
#1 Lynn Wessinger 2015-03-17 13:44
I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Virginia. She was indeed a sweet lady who never missed an opportunity to ask me how I was doing. She has been missed she left Grace and my prayers are with the family. Lynn Wessinger

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