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August 25, 2022

Virginia M. Ryser

Virginia M. Ryser, age 90, passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022, at the New Glarus Home. She was born on November 28, 1931, in Martintown, WI, the daughter of Vern and Erma (Cline) Smith.

Virginia attended the Martintown School. On December 19, 1948, she was united in marriage to Fredrick A. Ryser in Monticello, WI. Virginia worked for many years as a waitress, along with being a farm wife. She was a member of York Memorial Lutheran Church. Family was always very important to her. Virginia loved to make treats to share with her family or provide a little something to get a treat at the bakery while working at the restaurant. She also enjoyed sitting down for coffee and to chat and catch up on goings on. Virginia loved her faithful canine companion, Teddy.

Virginia is survived by her children, Fred (Margaret) Ryser and Linda (Gary) Thompson; grandchildren, Phil (Lori) Thompson, Travis Thompson, Mandy Peterson, and Tiffany (Randy) Nolden; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Mason, Alexis, Morgan, Brianna, Hailey, Breckyn, Coleden, Alyssa, Connor, and Hannah. She is further survived by her sisters, Evelyn Tschanz, Maralyn Martin, and Beverly Vandlen; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fredrick; brothers, Delbert Smith and Glenn Smith; sisters, Geraldine Johnson and Edith Milestone; and infant sister, Helen.

Private family services were held at 11:30 a.m., on Sunday, August 21, 2022, at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 Sixth Avenue, New Glarus, WI. Burial is in the York Memorial Lutheran Cemetery, rural Blanchardville.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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