Virginia Chaloupka passed away on January 29, 2021 at Mantey Heights Care Center in Grand Junction, CO.
Mary Virginia Bischof was born on November 13, 1921 in Nebraska City, NE, the third child of six born to George and Katherine Bischof. She graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1939. She was active in Camp Fire Girls and was an assistant leader at the Nebraska School for the Blind for three years. While in college, she was a summer camp counselor at Camp Fire Girls camps in Battle Creek, MI, Omaha, NE, and Coeur d’Alene, ID. She attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, graduating with a degree in Education. A few days after their graduation, on July 3, 1943, Virginia and Donald Chaloupka were married.
As a newly commissioned officer, Don immediately reported for duty in the United States Navy. During the war, they were stationed in Miami Beach, FL, Solomon’s Island, MD, and Boston, MA. While in Boston, Virginia worked in the Personnel Department of the Radiation Laboratory (where radar was developed for the war effort and many Manhattan Project scientists originated) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Following World War II, they returned to Nebraska City where their six children were born and they both taught in the public-school system. In addition to teaching, Virginia was active in scouting as a Cub Scout Den Mother. For a period of time, she also ran a day-care in her home on Second Avenue. During the summer time, Don attended graduate school at Colorado State College of Education (now the University of Northern Colorado) in Greeley, CO. Virginia would care for her family or pack the family off to Colorado if married student housing was available.
During this time, she also took graduate classes and earned a Master of Education degree. Virginia loved taking her family picnicking and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. In 1957, when Don earned his Doctor of Education degree, the family moved to Greeley. Virginia and Don both worked for the University of Northern Colorado with Virginia managing the College Credit Union of Greeley for 16 years. In 1985, following their retirement, they built their dream home in Fraser, CO. Virginia and Don both took up skiing in 1971 and Virginia loved to ski with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She and Don were active in several events at the Winter Park Ski Resort including hosting international athletes who participated in handicapped ski races there. They were members of Ski Meisters, and Virginia sold ski lift tickets for the resort. During the summers she and Don would take their Bronco and go 4-wheel exploring on the back roads and in ghost towns in the Colorado Rockies.
Don, her husband of 51 years, died in 1994. Virginia maintained their home in Fraser, a condominium in downtown Denver, and a residence in Windsor, CO.
During this time, she pursued travel and continuing education. Following Don’s passing, she participated in several Elderhostel excursions with her sister Margaret and then with her daughters. She was always eager to see a new place and enjoy a new learning experience. She also enjoyed attending events at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In 2014 she moved to Grand Junction, CO to be near her children. She enjoyed Bridge, sewing, travel and family get togethers where her cooking was loved by all. She lived a long, happy, active, and intellectually curious life of 99 years.
Virginia is survived by her by her sisters Lucille and Margaret, her children Allan (Phyllis) of Bellingham, WA, Kathleen and Karen of Grand Junction, CO, Patricia and Margaret (Paul) of Montrose, CO and Gregory of Aspen, CO, her 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Virginia’s life will be celebrated at a funeral Mass, to be held at a future date, and interment at the Grand Junction Veteran’s Cemetery, beside her husband Don. Condolences may be sent to Patricia Chaloupka, 2908 Lost Creek Road S, Montrose, CO 81401 Donations in Virginia’s memory may be made to HopeWest Hospice at 3090 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
Posted online on March 01, 2021