Virginia Schollmeyer

Sept. 16, 1942-March 5, 2018

Virginia Dorothy

Schollmeyer passed away

peacefully on March 5,

2018 in her Mesa, AZ

home after a long and

hard fought battle with

heart disease. The second

of 9 children born to

Arthur and Alberta

(Klumph) Irmen. Virginia

was born in New Rock-

ford, ND on September

16, 1942. Virginia grew up

on a farm and would ride

horse to her grandparents’

farm to watch the Brook-

lyn Dodgers play baseball

on TV.

Virginia moved to the

“Big City” (Minot) to at-

tend nurses training. This

is where she met the love

of her life. Virginia mar-

ried William (Bill)

Schollmeyer at St. John’s

Catholic Church on No-

vember 9, 1963 in New

Rockford. They were mar-

ried for 54 years. Both be-

ing from good Catholic

families, the following

August the children began

to arrive and would con-

tinue to arrive in quick

succession. In all they had

4 children in five years.

The early years gave

them the opportunity to

practice their packing

skills as they lived in four

different cities. In 1969

they moved back to Minot

where they resided until

moving to Chandler, AZ

in 1983. For this their

children were very grate-

ful as they were able to

grow up near their

grandparents and

numerous aunts, uncles

and cousins.

Virginia’s passions in

life were her family,

Christmas and collecting

Precious Moments

figurines. She always

cherished time with her

sisters. The laughter of

the Irmen clan when they

were together was conta-

gious. But her greatest joy

was her grandchildren

and great-grandchildren.

Virginia will be remem-

bered for her infectious

smile that complemented

her blue eyes.

Virginia is survived by:

her husband, Bill and her

four children: Sheri (John

Koponen), Mike (Sharon),

and John, all of Chandler,

AZ, Jim (Barbara) Gilbert,

AZ; 11 grandchildren, 3

great-grandchildren; sis-

ters, Carol (Daryl) Galt,

Bismarck, ND, Susan

(Roger) Carmody, Fergus

Falls, MN, Jeani (Mike)

Irmen, Minot, ND, Rita

Irmen, Minot, ND, Jackie

(Bruce) Krebsbach,

Coleharbor, ND; brothers,

Bill (Andrea) Irmen,

Sawyer, ND, Tom (Nancy)

Irmen, Coleharbor, ND

and Mitch (Heidi) Irmen,

Fargo, ND; numerous

nieces and nephews, and

her beloved cat Honey

which Bill has promised

to care for.

Preceding Virginia in

death were: her parents

and nephew, Matthew Ir-


Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Tuesday, March 13 at

10:00 a.m. St. Timothy’s

Catholic Church, Mesa,