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October 19, 2018

7/17/2018 7:30:00 AM
Virginia Rose (Amborn) Catlin

Virginia Rose (Amborn) Catlin, age 100, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, with her loving family at her side. Virginia was born Aug. 27, 1917 in Merrill, to Lula (Haesley) and William Amborn. She married Vern Catlin in Loyal on Nov. 7, 1942. They moved to Rhinelander in 1951 and together they raised seven children. Virginia was a beautician who worked out of her home, cutting hair for many Rhinelander women and many more children. Virginia was active in the Jaycettes, Stunt Night and various card clubs and in their younger years, Vern and Virginia participated and won several dance contests throughout Central Wisconsin. She enjoyed watching the Packers play each Sunday and loved making trips to the casino with friends and family. Virginia spent most of her time raising her children and is still remembered by many neighborhood children as their "Other Mother".

Her 100th birthday was celebrated with a party and open house for friends and family. She received birthday wishes from four presidents, state officials, her favorite team, the Green Bay Packers and Aug. 27th was proclaimed Virginia Catlin Day by Mayor Dick Johns. In honor of her birthday a flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol and then presented to her.

Fondly known for her sense of humor, her many jokes and her love of children. She is survived by her seven children, Pinky (Pete) DeLoye, Pat (Linda) Catlin, Mike (Darla) Catlin, Candy (John) Adams, Jim (Ruth) Catlin, Deb (Don) Knutson, Craig (Heidi) Catlin. Also survived by 19 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren and special friends, Doreen Boxrud, Ginger Anderle and Pat Behling. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, husband Vern, infant daughter Cindy Lou, two brothers Melvin & Billy, one sister Geneva and dear friend Dorothy Owens.

The visitation for Virginia will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Rhinelander First United Methodist Church, located at 724 Arbutus Street, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service. Pastor Samuel DeLoye will be officiating. Private inurnment will take place at Northland Memorial Park. Condolences for the family may be directed to Hildebrand Funeral Home at and as per Virginia's wishes memorials will be directed to children in need.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Ascension - Ministry Hospice as well as the dedicated staff at Rennes Health & Rehab Center.. A special thanks to Lori Cherney who lovingly cared for her.

Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. Celebrating lives and healing hearts.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Article comment by: Bruce Kotila

Pinkie, Deb, and Craig,
It was my pleasure to have known and cared for your mom for a lot of years. She always made the nurses and me feel better after a visit. What a treasure to remember forever. Sincerely, Bruce Kotila MD

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