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Virginia M. Perschau

February 24, 1924 — March 5, 2019

     Ginny, as family and friends knew her, was born on February 24, 1924 to Samuel and Cecelia (Forziak) DeSanto in Duluth, Minnesota. She graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1941. She was united in marriage with Lester A. Perschau of Glencoe, Minnesota on August 28, 1943 at Altus Army Air Force Base in Oklahoma just before he was deployed as a B24 pilot flying for the 15th Air Force out of Italy.

     Once Les was discharged, they purchased the Coast-to-Coast Store in Carroll and moved there with their son, David, in October 1945. They remained in Carroll to raise their four sons and build a full life. In addition to being a fulltime mother, Ginny was active as a volunteer at St. Lawrence Church and school, St. Anthony Hospital, and the Carroll Country Club.

     Ginny loved to travel, and she and Les toured the country and abroad. She loved golf and bridge and was an avid reader. After her vision began to fail, she relied on her special reading machine and audio books from the Iowa Department of the Blind. She was an excellent cook, and they enjoyed hosting parties for their friends.

      Ginny died suddenly and unexpectedly at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  She was 95 years of age. 

     Ginny was preceded in death by Les Perschau, her husband of 52 years (1996), son David Perschau (1986) and infant grandson Nathan; brothers James DeSanto and Jerome DeSanto; infant brother Joseph DeSanto; sister-in-law Pat DeSanto; brother-in-law Tom Hayes; and her parents.

     She is survived by her sons Don (Rosemary) of Waukee, Iowa; Rob (Kay) of Kansas City, Missouri; and Sam (Bryce) of West Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren Justin (Megan Lozano) Perschau of Belton, Missouri; Mark (Dawn) Perschau of Kansas City, Missouri; Annie Sorensen (Nathan) of Overland Park, Kansas; and Jill Sussman (Zach) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; nine great grandchildren; and sisters Margaret (Peggy) Hayes of Duluth, Minnesota, and Barbara Hornick of Salisbury, North Carolina;  along with several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Iowa Department of the Blind and Physically Handicapped,

or the Carroll Public Library Foundation.

Reverend Timothy Schott

Donald Perschau
Gift Bearers 
Jace Perschau     Arianna Perschau

Sue Fielmeier, Accompanist

Casket Bearers

Annie Sorensen     Jill Sussman     Justin Perschau    
Mark Perschau    Jaden Perschau   Angela Perschau

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