Virginia Bernstein (1921-2020)

Virginia May Bernstein, age 99, of Norwalk, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at her home in Norwalk.

Virginia was born on Aug. 15, 1921, to Max and Jessie (Scott) Yohe in Albia. She married Delbert Muilenburg and traveled with him while he served in the United States Military. There were two daughters born, Linda and Nancy. Virginia and Delbert later divorced. She married Robert Bernstein on July 1, 1970, and moved to Oskaloosa. She later retired from Peoples National Bank after almost 30 years as a bank teller.

Virginia and Bob traveled all over the United States and later moved to Anaheim, Calif. They also traveled extensively overseas. She had been a member of the Eastern Stars. She lost Bob in 1994, then in 1997 moved to Henderson, Nev., where both of her daughters and grandchildren lived. In 2009, she moved to Norwalk, where she spent her last years.

Virginia is survived by her daughters, Linda (Bill) Marshall of Henderson, Nev., and Nancy (Jesse) Benge of Norwalk; grandchildren, Shireen Carter of Norwalk, and Justin (Jonalyn) Frazier of Henderson, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Alexis Hutchins of Norwalk and Aiden Frazier of Henderson, Nev.; one nephew, Fred Yohe and one niece, Jennifer Yenger.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Jessie Yohe; her husband, Robert Bernstein; a sister, Dorothy Caster; a brother, Robert Yohe; a grandson, Cory Cosgrove; and three nephews, Bill Yohe, Dennis Caster, and Ron Clester.

Visitation was held from 9 to 11 a.m, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Virginia’s family present to greet family and friends. According to the rules put in place by the Iowa Department of Public Health, proper social distancing and reasonable personal protective equipment is advised for attending a religious public event.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Larry Bettis officiating. Burial followed services in Service Chapel Cemetery in Monroe County.

A memorial has been established to the Animal Humane Society.

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