Virginia "Ginny" Luster

Virginia “Ginny” Ann Luster, 73, of Harpers Ferry, formerly of St. Olaf, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 at her home. Funeral services were held at Norway Lutheran Church in St. Olaf Friday, October 17, with Reverend Marshall Hahn as the officiant. Interment was held at Norway Lutheran Cemetery.
Virginia was born December 22, 1940 to Gunnar and Selma (Knudtson) Landsgaard in rural Gunder. She attended St. Olaf Independent Elementary School and graduated from Elkader High School in 1958. Virginia graduated from Luther College, majoring in Music and minoring in English, where she was a four-year member of the Luther College Nordic Cathedral Choir.
She was baptized March 23, 1942 by Reverend S. J. Strandjord at Norway Lutheran Church and confirmed there June 27, 1954, also by Reverend Strandjord. Virginia was united in marriage to James “Pete” Luster August 10, 1974 in St Olaf at Norway Lutheran Church.
Virginia was a Music Teacher for many years. She taught in St. Ansgar, Elkader, Lisbon, Anamosa, Viola and Martelle. She enjoyed traveling and playing cards. Virginia was the lead in many musicals at the Elkader Opera House. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Virginia is survived by her two sons, Erik (Jesi) Luster and Bjorn (Melissa) Luster, all of Cresco; four grandsons, Riley, Owen, Gavin and Nico Luster; one sister, Glenda (Pete) Timmer of Allison; several brothers- and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, James “Pete” Luster, July 30, 1988; and her parents.
Honorary casketbearers are Ginny’s grandsons, Riley Luster, Owen Luster, Gavin Luster, Nico Luster. Casketbearers were Kris Snyder, John Luster, Jr., John Luster, Sr., Charles Luster, Paul Bowar and Glenn Monroe.
Condolences may be left at Leonard Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elkader is assisting the family with arrangements.