Virginia C. Wenstrom

July 21, 1924August 9, 2014

Mrs. Virginia Wenstrom, age 90, died on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at her residence – Burcham Hills Retirement Center in East Lansing, MI. She was surrounded by the love of her family who she so dearly loved: son, Paul, his wife Jan, of Goodrich, their children, Elizabeth Williams (Ron), Sarah Hartley (Dan), Eric Metz (Kathryn and their daughter, Georgia), Amanda Metz, Annsley Metz and Ashley Metz; son, David, his wife Susan, of Lansing, and their sons, John Wenstrom (Katie) and Jeffrey Wenstrom. Virginia was born on July 21, 1924 at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing; the daughter of Charles and Carrie (Hamilton) Boehler. She graduated from Lansing’s Central High School – Class of 1942 and Michigan State College – Class of 1946. Virginia was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Lansing. There she met Rev. Donald Wenstrom and they were married on June 14, 1947. They moved to Grand Blanc in 1948 where Rev. Wenstrom became the minister of the 1st Congregational Church. Don and Virginia returned to Lansing in 1971 when he was called to be the minister of Pilgrim Congregational-United Church of Christ in Lansing. Virginia was an active member of Pilgrim Church for the past 43 years. She was a member of the Lansing Chapter of PEO and enjoyed the fellowship shared with her PEO friends. Virginia cherished the memories she had of summers lived at Twin Lakes in northern Michigan. The family cottage, built of Michigan white pines in 1927, was the gathering place for family and friends for her entire life. Those good times at Twin Lakes will always be treasured by everyone who listened to the loons, fished for trout, played board games, told stories on the porch, walked around the lakes, cataloged wild flowers, gazed at the stars and simply enjoyed God’s beautiful creation. In 2004, Virginia and Don moved to Burcham Hills Retirement Center where she resided for the past ten years. It was at Burcham Hills that Virginia coordinated the weekly Sunday church “vespers” services, especially enjoyed welcoming new residents and loved living there. Virginia’s family would like to thank the staff and her friends at Burcham Hills Retirement Center for all the love, care and support they gave her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in 2007, and infant daughter, Mary Faith, her sister, Mildred (Boehler) Evans, and her brother, Paul Boehler. The visitation/funeral schedule is as follows: Memorial visitation on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Burcham Hills Retirement Center, 2700 Burcham Dr., East Lansing; Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing; and on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon at Pilgrim Congregational-UCC Church, 125 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 noon (Friday, August 15th) at the Church with Pastor Peter Robinson and Rev. Herman Haller officiating. Virginia’s final earthly resting place will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to: Pilgrim Congregational Church-UCC Memorial Fund, 125 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48912 or Burcham Hills Memorial Fund, 2700 Burcham Dr., East Lansing, MI 48823 in memory of Virginia.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 14, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, August 14, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, August 15, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 15, 2014

Virginia C. Wenstrom

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Doug and Arletta (Rippen) Smith

August 22, 2014

Dear Paul, David, and family,
Doug and I send our deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of Virginia. We moved from Michigan to Minnesota in 1973, yet on return visits to Pilgrim church, we always looked forward to visiting with Virginia. Her kindness spanned the miles as she sent cards of encouragement during my lengthy illness. Her loving, gentle spirit paradoxically communicated the strength of those who show Christ's love to others. Virginia holds a special place in our memories.

Kim and Steve Landaal

August 19, 2014

Dear Paul, Jan, and family, so sorry for your recent loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Steven Smith

August 17, 2014

Paul & Jan,

Very sorry to learn of your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Steve & Pamela Smith

George Hamo

August 17, 2014

Paul, Jan & Family:

I'm very sorry to learn of your mom's passing. If it is true that the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, then she had to be a wonderful lady because her son and family sure are... .

August 16, 2014

Paul-Sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Your Dad and Mother were very important to our family when they lived in Grand Blanc. Our condolences to you and your family. George Carpenter

Tom Pohrt

August 16, 2014

Dear Paul, We are sorry for the loss of your mother. On behalf of my brother Dick, my wife Carmen and daughter Isabel we send our condolences to you and your family. Tom, Carmen & Isabel

Joanne Holzwarth

August 15, 2014

Paul, Jan and girls....I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother/grandmother. Your family will be in our prayers!
Keith and Joanne Holzwarth

August 15, 2014

David and Sue - So sorry to read about David's mother. Our prayers are with you and your families. Greg and Ann Lantzy

August 15, 2014

Dear Paul, Jan and Family. My sincere sympathy on the passing of your Mother. What a gracious and beautiful woman

Karen Michelson. Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

August 14, 2014

I was able to get to know Virginia when my mom (Florence Snell) was a resident at Burcham. I also found that your family are dear friends with the C.O. Erickson family, as we are. Virginia was a very giving and dear person. Her heart extended easily to others, and her caring was shown through her actions. She will be missed and remembered by many. My deepest sympathies to the Wenstrom family, one and all. Karen Snell Dailey