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Virginia "Ginnie" Wilhelmenia Luebbering

December 20, 1938 — March 19, 2024

Obituary For Virginia "Ginnie" Wilhelmenia Luebbering

Virginia “Ginnie” Wilhelmenia Luebbering, 85, of Sedalia, passed away March 19, 2024, surrounded by her family at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center in Sedalia.
Ginnie was born December 20, 1938, to William Henry and Mary Pauline (Reuter) Wessing. She graduated from Pilot Grove High School in 1957, where she excelled in school and sports. On September 17, 1960, she married Earl Luebbering at St. John’s Catholic Church in Clear Creek, Missouri. Ginnie and Earl met on a blind date in 1958 and courted by mail while Earl served in the U.S. Army. Ginnie always told the story that she didn’t want to go on that date, but her mother made her, and she’s glad she did.
Ginnie is survived by her husband of 63 years, sons Mike (Angie) Luebbering and Jeff Luebbering, daughter Dana (Mark) Kelchner, sister Jeanette Berg, brother Harold Wessing, and many nieces and nephews.
She will be missed by her grandsons Peyton Luebbering, Garrett (Lacy) Kelchner, Mason (Jenna) Kelchner, Tyler (Angie) Dake, Zach (Ingrid) Dake, and Alex (Emily) Dake, and her great-grandchildren Nash, Ana, Kaia, Bentley, Waylon, Aurora, Sage, and a baby girl due in July.
Ginnie raised her children and later worked for Inter-State Studios for 37 years, retiring in 2018. She loved her Inter-State team, especially those who worked in Shipping with her. For fun, she watched her grandsons play sports, went to the boats, played the lottery, rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals, and watched “The Young and the Restless.” She loved angels in all forms and was exceptional at finding four-leaf clovers, a skill she shared with her grandson Mason.
Above all, she loved her husband, children, their spouses, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed talking on the phone with her sister-in-law, Lillie Luebbering, and her friends Helen, Norkie, and Michelle.
Ginnie was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary, her sisters, Alice Kraus and Dorothy Kempf, and her brother-in-law, Ed Berg.
The Rosary will be recited from 5:30-6 p.m. Friday, March 22, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. at Rea Funeral Chapel, 3510 W. 16th St., in Sedalia. The Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, at St. Patrick Chapel of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Sedalia. Burial is in St. John’s Cemetery in Clear Creek.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Sacred Heart School in Sedalia or St. John’s Cemetery.
The family thanks her Bothwell Regional Health Center care team including Dr. Meredith Norfleet, Dr. Misty Todd, Dr. Levi Harris, and Dr. Robert Frederickson, who cared for Ginnie the longest, as well as the nurses and aides on 2 Southwest who provided her comfort care; the Crossroads Hospice team who cared for her in her final hours; and the staff at Sylvia Thompson, including Marthanna and Jessica, who surprised Ginnie with a trip to the casino just days before she died. She won a few bucks, and after that, we think she decided, “That’ll work.”

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