Michaelson Funeral Home: Obituaries

Virginia R. Trapp


Wednesday, December 12, 1923


Thursday, February 7, 2013


Monday, February 11, 2013 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at Michaelson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church


Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:00AM at First Presbyterian Church Claremont
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Virginia R. Trapp, 89, of Owatonna, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Cedarview Care Center.

She was born September 12, 1923 in El Reno, Oklahoma the daughter of Earl and Iva Kate (Miller) Cooksey. She attended Riverside School and graduated from El Reno High School in 1941. She then worked several months at the local hospital. In 1942, she attended nurse''s training at the University Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma for nurses training.

She met her future husband, Wayne Trapp, at a U.S.O. dance for servicemen. For a short time, she returned to El Reno and worked in an aircraft factory as a “Rosy the Riveter”. Wayne and Virginia wrote letters daily. He proposed to her on a trip while visiting her family and they were married April 19, 1943.

They lived in Enid for a year, then Wayne was transferred to Eagle Pass, TX. After their son, Ronnie was born, Virginia went to Texas where they had a trailer on the base until Wayne was transferred to San Antonio. Wayne was discharged and they moved to Minnesota and farmed for twelve years. When their children were in school, Virginia went to work for ten years at the Fairview Nursing Home. In 1980, she went back to school at Rochester Vo-Tech and took the LPN course. Due to health problems, she was unable to finish the LPN course, but did obtain a Certified Nursing Certificate. She again worked at Fairview Nursing Home and also gave home health care.

She served the community as a 4-H leader, on the Church Board, as an election judge, as a member of the Eastern Star, secretary and president of the Presbyterian Women''s Group, and as a nurse''s aid.

She is survived by her children, Lynda Trapp of Owatonna, Susan (and John) Hanson of Chatfield, Lester (and Karen) Trapp of Claremont, and Darryl Trapp of Cedar Rapids, IA; six grandchildren, Jenny Cooksey of Owatonna, Amanda (and Joe) Uhler of Rochester, Nancy Hanson of Rochester, Wayne (and Anitra) Trapp of Watertown, Cathryn (and Juan) Schnitzler of Owatonna, and Krista (and Brent) Bulow of Mantorville; seven great grandchildren; sister, Opal Bigelow of Mount Pleasant, SC; nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Wayne, son, Ronald, and sisters, Pauline Stuples and Joan Cooksey.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Monday, February 11, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and at First Presbyterian Church, Claremont on Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM . Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM at First Presbyterian Church, Claremont with Reverend Dr. Joe Jones officiating. Interment will be held at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the First Presbyterian Church, Claremont or Owatonna Area Hospice.