Virginia Remy (1931-2019)

Virginia Louise Remy, age 87, of Albia, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Monroe Care Center in Albia, under the care of EveryStep Hospice.

Virginia was born on Aug. 25, 1931, in Eldon, to Walter and Gwendolyn (Parsons) Streeby. She grew up and attended school in Fairfield through the 10th grade before attending Albia High School and graduating with the Class of 1950. She married Dean Remy on Aug. 23, 1953, in Fairfield, Iand to this union two children were born, Debbie and Kim. Virginia and Dean shared 65 years of marriage prior to her passing.

Virginia worked at the light company for a few years and then stayed at home with her children. In 1964, she went to work for the school district as the high school bookkeeper and lunch lady and later at Central Office, retiring in 1988.

Virginia enjoyed gardening and canning. She was a knitter and seamstress, who never had idle hands. She made Barbie clothes, many booties for babies, and prayer shawls that were taken to Fort Hood for wounded soldiers. She and Dean were the original “American Pickers,” who enjoyed traveling and collecting antiques as well as selling at flea markets and later on eBay. She was a legendary cook and baker, known for her red beans and ham, cornbread and slow baked chicken gizzards for an Albia group of deer hunters. She was very generous and loved to share her baked goods with others. Virginia was a dedicated journalist, writing in her journal every day for many years.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Dean Remy; two daughters, Debbie (Dan) Sabers and Kim (Corey) Sawatzky; six grandchildren, Brian Sabers, Michael (Alissa) Sabers, Molly (Nathan) Trimble, Kelly Sabers, Derek (Wendy) Sawatzky, and Jeff (Melissa) Sawatzky; seven great-grandchildren, Hadlee, Emma, and Abigail Sabers, Hunter and Noelle Trimble, Taylor Kinion, and Declan Sawatzky.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Gwendolyn Streeby; her brother, Bob Streeby; and a great-grandchild, Will Sawatzky.

A private graveside service will be held at the Hiteman Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Monroe County Historical Society.

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