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Virginia Rolfes

November 27, 1924 - October 17, 2011

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Virginia E. Rolfes was born November 27, 1924 in Eugene, Oregon. She was the daughter of John Lewis and Dorothy (nee Cox) Hesse. She died on October 17, 2011 at Hillcrest Care Center in De Soto, MO at the age of 86 years. She is survived by her daughter, Valerie Rolfes Zeeb, Billings, MT and grandchildren, Ian Cody Zeeb, Mariah Rolfes Zeeb, and Alice Hesse Zeeb. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry “Hank” Herman Rolfes, Jr., one son, John Hesse Rolfes; son-in-law, Keith H. Zeeb; brother, Lt. John Lewis Hesse, Jr. USAF. Mrs. Rolfes was a homemaker, devoting much of her life to community and church, giving service to numerous programs for the mentally handicapped. A Board member in formulating and the establishment of Pony Bird Home, chaperon for Regional and State Olympic meets. She served as a Brownie and Campfire Girls Leader. She also served as an aide at day care centers for the mentally challenged. Mrs. Rolfes served as a Board member for the creation of Special classes in the school system. Locally she served on a committee to initiate the Drug Awareness Program within the community. She was a Headstart volunteer, Salvation Army Bell Ringer and a volunteer for the Red Cross Bloodmobile. Mrs. Rolfes earned the Award of Merit for working with military families from the American Red Cross. During WWII, she actively served as Hostess at the USO center and Army base. She was a member of St. Mary’s Guild and the Altar Guild of Trinity Episcopal Church in De Soto, MO. She was also an active member of Friends of the De Soto Library. She was awarded volunteer of the year in 1994. She was also a member of CHI OMEGA Sorority at the University of Oregon chapter. As an expression of sympathy memorials may be sent to the Trinity Episcopal Church 202 W. Miller, De Soto, MO 63020 or the De Soto Public Library, 712 S. Main St., De Soto, MO 63020.