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Virginia Marie (Zodrow) Hickert-Almquist – Hays Daily News

Virginia Marie (Zodrow) Hickert-Almquist was born on December 17, 1928, six miles northwest of Selden, KS, on a farm known as Schnavice. His parents were Leo and Elizabeth (Kamphaus) Zodrow. She moved with her parents several times to Sheridan County and attended rural schools. In 1938, the family moved to Decatur County where Virginia again attended rural elementary schools through high school. She graduated from Decatur Community High School in May 1946. She attended a normal training course, which prepared her to teach children. She taught at a two-teacher school in Sequin, KS during the 1946-47 school year. She also taught at Plainview School, located southwest of Oberlin, during the 1947-48 and 1948-49 school years. She got engaged to Marcellus Hickert on February 15, 1948. They met in a football game between Norton and Oberlin. Marcellus and some of his buddies came to sit in the cheering section of Oberlin and cheered Norton on. It spared a whole confrontation, which then turned into a relationship. The two were married on May 11, 1949, at Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin, KS. They made their home on a farm near Clayton, KS until 1951 when they moved to Oberlin. Virginia worked at Decatur County Hospital for 17 years. Marcellus died on July 13, 1969, of complications from cancer. From this union were born six children; Kathie, Ray, Gus, Joan, Anne and Sue.

After Marcellus died, Virginia went back to college to get her business degree and started working as an accountant for Oberlin Trailers Manufacturing and worked there for 5 years. Virginia met Lorrell Almquist while working there. The two were married on November 23, 1974. The family moved to Smith Center, KS on July 4, 1977. Virginia worked at Anderson Insurance Co. for a year. She then began working in the Board of Directors of SHU #237 as Clerk of the Board of Directors and Secretary to the Superintendent. She retired on June 30, 1995 after 17 years. Lorrell died on March 23, 2012.

Virginia loved her family more than anything. She was known as “Janey” to her siblings, nieces and nephews. She spent endless hours attending sporting events, dances, school concerts, and every celebration imaginable. She loved camping and spending summer days with her grandchildren. She will be recognized for her talents as a cook, gardener, Afghani-maker, genealogical research and scrapbooking. She was so good at making you feel like the most important person in the world when you were around her.

Virginia passed away on Saturday February 19, 2022 in Wichita, KS at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands Marcellus Hickert and Lorrell Almquist; brothers Elmer and Ozzie Zodrow; sister Cecilia Brown; grandchild Tasha Davidson and grandchildren Marcellus Jon Hickert and Jessica Shaffer.

She is survived by her children; Kathie (Monte) Davidson of Alta Vista, KS, Ray (Valerie) Hickert of Wichita, KS, Gus (Sharon) Hickert of Morland, KS, Joan Hickert of Hutchinson, KS, Anne (Tracy) Kingsbury of Smith Center, KS, Susan (Tim) Meyer of Smith Center, KS, stepchildren Sandy (Butch) Harris of Olathe, KS, Deb (Ron) Augustine of Hays, KS, brother Gary (Leola) Zodrow of Oberlin, KS, grandchildren , Marc (Michelle) Davidson, Amanda (Spencer) Levin, Matt (Terra) Davidson, Jonathan Hickert, Rhett (Christina) Hickert, Ashley (Jason) Keilman, Austin (Angela) Kingsbury, Andrea (Dakota) Frack, Addison (Brandt) Wolters; step-grandchildren Misti (Chris) Norris, Jennifer (Brad) Hallier, Angie (Matt) May, Tyler (Trisha) Augustine, Michele (Jim) Stoddard, Mike (Stephanie) Harris, Matt (Michelle) Harris and Mitchel (Carolyn ) Harris; great-grandchildren Cale, Haley, Logan and Carly Davidson; Mason, Kaylee and McKenna Levin; Leo, Gavin and Brinley Hickert; Christine Shaffer; Brynn and Karter Keilman; Keirstin, KaraJo, Kam and Jay Kingsbury; Ellis, Olive and Emery Frack; Ali and Kinzie Stoddard; Preston

and Miranda Harris; Andrew and Luke Harris; Connor and Hailey Harris; Madelyn, Josh and Abegail Norris; Laurelle, Joselyn and Landon Hallier; Katilyn, Lexi and Dakota May; and Avery, Ainslee and Afton Augustine.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 4, 2022 at the Evangelical Free Church in Smith Center, KS.

Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, KS.

The family is requesting memorial contributions to the Virginia Almq uist Memorial Fund and may be sent for mortuary care.

Arrangements are with Rentschler Family Mortuaries, Simmons-Rentschler, Smith Center, KS. To leave a condolence online, visit