Funeral Services for Virginia L. Hodge will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Holdrege, Nebraska, with Pastor Darren Theesen officiating. Interment will follow at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege. Face coverings are requested by the family.
Due to health concerns, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hodge family sincerely encourages each person to make their decision whether to attend Virginia’s services, based on the best interest of your health, and that of your community. Virginia’s funeral service will be live streamed via the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/Nelson-Bauer-Funeral-Homes-111601113801622)
Virginia Lee Hodge was born in rural Daykin, Nebraska, on February 24, 1934, and went to her heavenly home on March 25, 2021, at York Hearthstone in York, Nebraska, at the age of 87, from Alzheimer’s disease. Virginia was the third of four children that were born to Winford D. and Violet Faye (Houck) Schmitt. Virginia attended country school until the eighth grade and then attending Daykin High School, where she graduated as Valedictorian of the Class of 1951. Upon graduation, she went to business school in Lincoln, Nebraska, and then worked at a bank in Fairbury, Nebraska. She met Charles Lindersmith in Fairbury and were married on February 14, 1954 and moved to Friend, Nebraska. She was a stay at home mom for her four children and when they all were in school, she became the Friend Public School secretary and bookkeeper. Later, she worked at Doane College of Crete, Nebraska, and the ESU #6 in Milford, Nebraska. They then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and she worked as a secretary for the Nebraska Gasohol Commission.
Virginia met Holly Hodge and married on July 16, 1984. They made their home in Holdrege. Along with Holly, she gained three step-children and their families. Together they traveled and spent winters down south, first in Texas, and then in New Mexico. They met many people and were active in the community. Virginia learned to line dance and huck weave. Other interests of hers were: wood carving pictures to give away, as well as, quilting. Holly and Virginia decided for their 25th anniversary to take the Amtrak train from Holdrege, out to the West Coast, up the coast to Portland, Oregon, and then across the northern states to Chicago, Illinois.
She loved to read, and also loved cats and dogs. The family will all remember two cats that woke you up when they jumped on you, and of course, Penny the dog. At Hearthstone, the staff invited the local shelter to bring small pets into the residents. She loved to get on the floor and play with them when she could. When getting on the floor wasn’t an option, she would invite a cat into her lap and she would pet it until they both were napping.
Virginia was preceded in death by: her parents; two husbands; a step-son, Steven Hodge; a grandson, Jay Houchin; her sister, Winifred Schmitt; sister and brother- in-law, Adaline and Robert Long; two brothers-in-law: Curtis Lindersmith, and Jack Lindersmith; a nephew, Roy Lindersmith; and a niece, Laurie Kral.
She is survived by: her four children: Joy (Wayne) Houchin of Strang, Nebraska; Steve (Diana) Lindersmith of Bruning, Nebraska; Cheryl (Ken) Hradec of Lincoln; Roger (Linda) Lindersmith of Firth, Nebraska; two step-children: Jim (Sally) Hodge of Holdrege; and Joyce (John, Sr.) Burkholder of Holdrege; eleven grandchildren: Jennifer (Scott) Wragge of Elkhorn, Nebraka; Jesse (Melissa) Houchin of Bruning; Jeanne Houchin of Omaha, Nebraska; Andi (Daniel) Domeier of Bruning; Nancy (Phillip) Ozenbaugh of Hallam, Nebraska; Matt Lindersmith of Bruning; Amy (Jeff) Hellerich of Manhattan, Kansas; Amber (Travis) Bronson of Olathe, Kansas; Sid (Jessica) Lindersmith of Avoca, Nebraska; Stan (Tracy) Lindersmith of Adams, Nebraska; Brad (Lindy) Lindersmith of Lincoln; eight step-grandchildren: Tim Hodge of Holdrege; Rick (Nicole) Hodge of Liberty, Missouri; Mike Hodge of Lincoln; Brett (Marisa) Hodge of Orleans, Nebraska; Kristin Hodge of Lincoln; John, Jr. (Lisa) Burkholder of Holdrege; Jason Burkholder of Lincoln; and Jared (Sheri) Burkholder of Malcolm; 24 great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Carolyn Schmitt of Opelousas, Louisiana; one sister-in-law, Kathryn Lindersmith of Battle Ground, Washington; along with aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege. Face coverings are requested by the family.
A memorial has been established in Virginia’s honor and kindly suggested to the family for later designation.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is assisting the family with the arrangements.