Virginia May Ditges

Virginia May Ditges died on May 19, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital in Craig. Her body was donated to science, as was her wish. She was 70.

On June 27, 1930, near Meade, Kan., Virginia May (Lampe) Ditges was born to Bernard J. Lampe and Catherine (Kuhl) Lampe.

The family later moved to West Plains, Mo., where she attended school and later attended a Catholic school for girls in St. Louis. The family later moved back to Meade. They then moved to Dodge City, Kan., where she met William (Bill) Ditges. They were married on Feb. 1, 1951, in the Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Dodge City. The most Rev. Monsignor Grillner officiated at the service. Five children were born to this marriage.

Virginia was employed by J.C. Penny and Montgomery Ward. In 1957, the family moved to Craig where Virginia was employed as a cook at Breeze Street Elementary School. She later was employed as a cook and later as a dietary supervisor at The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Virginia and her husband, Bill, also owned and operated the Whispering Pine Lodge located on Slater Creek in Northwest Colorado. They sold the lodge in 1994 after operating it for 18 years.

Virginia worked for the hospital for 26 years before her health forced her to retire.

She is survived by her husband; sons Michael (Anita) of Lemon Grove, Calif., Kenneth (Diane) of Rock Springs, Wyo., Bill Jr. (Misty) of Shelby, N.C.; daughters Katherine (Jeff) Grove of Dubois, Wyo., Denise (Mark) of Prescott, Ariz.; sisters Bernice (Dean) Robinson of San Diego, Calif., Agnes (Keith) Gillam of Craig.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers John (Helen) Lampe of Topeka, Kan., Bernard (Beverly) Lampe of Capitola, Calif.; sisters Alvina Lampe of Meade, Kan., Marie (Frank) Fussner, Kate (Chester) LeCompte and Gertrude (Otto) Eggers all of St. Louis, Mo., Bertha (Eldon) Wurderman of Meade, Kan.

A Mass was held at 10 a.m. May 17, 2003, at the Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Dodge City. The Rev. Michael Robinson (her nephew) officiated.

Interment was at the St. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Kinsley, Kan., with Burkhart Funeral Parlor of Dodge City handling the arrangements.

Pallbearers were Thomas Wunderman, Bernard Ditges, Albert Ditges Jr., Kenneth Ditges, Bill Ditges Jr., Benjamin Ditges. Honorary pallbearers were all of her remaining friends.

Donations may be made to the American Lung Association.

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