Virginia Oakley

Virginia M. Oakley, 96, of Fort Atkinson, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, at Jefferson Memory Care.

Virginia was born on May 31, 1923, in Fort Atkinson, the daughter of the late Erwin and Celia (Endl) Poeppel.

She graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1941 and married James Oakley on April 18, 1942. Virginia worked at Parker Pen in Janesville and, for many years, at Thomas Industries in Fort Atkinson. After retirement, Virginia enjoyed traveling between Punta Gorda, Florida, and northern Wisconsin.

Virginia loved having company and cooking them meals. She was a member of both the Fort Atkinson American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliaries. She served many Sunday morning breakfasts at the VFW.

Virginia is survived by her children, Bonita (Donald) Yandry, Tom (Jan) Oakley and John (Jane) Oakley, all of Fort Atkinson; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; brother, Jim (Kay Behrens) Poeppel of Lake Tomahawk; sister, Juanita (Norm) Hathaway of Bloomingdale, Ill.; sister-in-law, Mary Poeppel of Fort Atkinson; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James; grandson, James Oakley; granddaughter, Erin Errickson; and brothers, Merton and Erwin Poeppel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

The Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family.

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