Virginia A. (Dugan) Kube
July 9, 1932 – March 18, 2019
On March 18, 2019, we lost our precious wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister and friend. She was 86 years old. Virginia is survived by Jerry and their children: Nancy Kube, Maureen Kube and Jim (Connie) Kube. She was a proud and loving grandma to Lindsey (Joe) Kass, Annie (Joe) Vitale, PJ (Sarah) Sorensen, Jackson (Kaycee) Kube and Elise Kube, as well as great-grandchildren Gavin and Rachel Kass, Enzo, Rafa and Dino Vitale, and Liam and Noah Sorensen. She is also survived by her sister, Karen (Joe) Stock; sisters-in-law, Jeanne Dugan and Mary Liston, along with many loving nieces and nephews. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Caroline Dugan; infant sister, Mary; brothers. John “Jack” Dugan and his wife Rosemary, and Jim Dugan.
Born on July 9th, 1932, in Greeley, Nebraska, Virginia was the third child and first daughter born to Alfred and Caroline Dugan. She attended St. John’s Grade School and graduated from St. John’s High School in 1950. As a candidate for homecoming queen during her senior year, she was fortuitously matched with a random escort, her future husband. She eventually married Jerry, her high school sweetheart, in 1952. They have been happily married for 66 years, not long enough for Jerry.
After she and Jerry were married, she moved to California with Nancy in order to be close to Jerry, who had enlisted in the Navy and was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Rochester. Eventually, they moved back to Omaha, where they bought a home and raised their family. After the kids were raised, she worked at various part-time jobs where she met lifelong friends and enjoyed being in the business world. After Jerry retired from U.S. West Telephone Co., they moved to Vail, Colorado, to manage a condominium complex. There, they enjoyed newfound friends and adventure in the Rocky Mountains, a place she always loved. After nine years, they moved back to Omaha to be closer to family and friends, and to settle into retirement. She and Jerry loved to travel, and especially enjoyed trips to Ireland and Germany. Virginia also gave of her time as a volunteer at the Lakeside Hospital for many years.
In 2011 Virginia was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, which she managed for several years. In 2014, Jerry and Virginia moved to the Elk Ridge Village Independent Living Community. Eventually, in 2017, she had to be placed into the Memory Unit there. She received loving, supportive care during her time there.
Virginia loved to cook and bake, especially for her family. She also loved to read, garden, shop and spend as much time as possible with her kids and grandkids. They were the center of her life and love, along with Jerry. Virginia had the most beautiful smile, inviting and reassuring at the same time. She wrote that she wanted to be remembered as a loving wife and a good mother, and that she was a good person and a loyal friend. She will be remembered as much more than that. She was the heart and soul of our family. Virginia was a gentle and caring friend. Our lives are richer because of her influence. We grieve, but we know that she now looks into the face of Jesus. We will always love you, and we will never forget you.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 22nd from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, March 23rd at 10:30am, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific St. Interment: Monday, March 25th at 11am at Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.