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Virginia Killeen

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Virginia Killeen of Mandan, ND peacefully entered the gates of Heaven, Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the age of 101. She was born in Linton, ND to John and Katie (Roesler) Lindeman on February 7, 1920. She was the fourth sibling out of ten children. Virginia was baptized, confirmed, and taught Sunday School at the United Brethren Church in Linton. She graduated from Linton High School in 1938 and was a bookkeeper for Kramer motor sales.

At the age of 23 her adventure began, moving to Great Falls, MT, where she helped as a bookkeeper in the US during World War II at Gore Airfield Base. Virginia moved to Seattle for more bookkeeping duties for Golden North Airways then to Wein Airlines where she flew to many remote areas in Alaska. When Wein Airlines closed, she worked for Sour Dough Heating where she retired, the company supplied fuel to remote locations in Fairbanks. Virginia lived in Fairbanks, AK for 48 years before moving back to North Dakota in 2005.

In 1949 Virginia was united in marriage to Frank Killeen in Polson, MT, this is where the family with strong German roots met an Irish man. We have our cherished family clam chowder recipe from this union. They owned the Alaska Mill, and a did a little gold mining.

Let us get to the fun stuff, Virginia’s nickname was Little Miss Alaska, after the state she loved so much. In Fairbanks, she became an avid golfer and skier and met many life-long friends that turned into her extended family. She was known as the sweet lady, always generous and kind to everyone she met. Through her 101 years on earth, she has touched so many, and we are truly blessed to have been able to share her life with us. She leaves behind her nieces and nephews she truly loved and who truly loved her.

She is survived by her sister, Dorinda (Leo) Schiermeister; sister-in-law, Margaret Lindeman-Braun; brother-in-law, Jim Stallmann; stepchildren, Mike (Ruthie) Olson, Jim (Pooh) Olson and Dennis (Sharon) Olson; and many dear and loving friends in Fairbanks, AK and Glouster, MA.

She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, John and Leah Lindeman, Harry Lindeman, Nyla (Lindeman) Wally Carlson, Irene (Lindeman) Ernest Job, Violet (Lindeman) Stallman, Wesley Lindeman, Clarence and Francis Lindeman, Donnie and Shirley Lindeman; and niece, Sandi (Job) Petryszyn.

A memorial service for Virginia will be held at a later date.