Virginia Malde


Virginia Malde, 91, of Spearfish, SD formerly of Plankinton, SD, died Monday, November 22, 2021, at Monument Hospice House in Rapid City. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 30, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Monday, at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Virginia Heck was born February 20, 1930, in Tolstoy, SD to Eugene and Frida (Wolff) Heck. The family moved to Gettysburg, SD, where she lived until 1946. While in Gettysburg, Virginia worked in her father’s shoe & harness repair shop, also repairing canvases each summer. Virginia attended the Gettysburg school system for 10 years before the family moved to Mitchell, SD. Virginia graduated and lettered in Triple Trio from Mitchell Senior High School.

On May 30, 1949, Virginia married Gene Malde of Plankinton, SD. Together they farmed until their retirement. They had 2 sons, Brian Malde born in 1959, and Randal Malde born in 1964. Virginia worked side by side with Gene and the boys in every aspect of the farming and ranching life.

Virginia attended the Wesleyan Church in Mitchell where she sang in the choir for many years. She taught Sunday school and worked on various committees and in the kitchen.

Some of her favorite things were music, dogs, and the Minnesota Twins baseball games. Virginia enjoyed making the boys’ favorite desserts when they came to visit. Coffee and desserts were available whenever friends stopped by for a visit. Virginia especially enjoyed traveling with her family on vacations.

In Virginia’s last years, the family moved her to Spearfish, SD to be closer to Brian and Sheryl of Spearfish as well as Randy and Teri of Summerset. Together they celebrated Virginia’s 90th Birthday, holidays, and special occasions.

She is survived by her sons, Brian (Sheryl) Malde and Randy (Teri) Malde; grandchildren: Matthew, Will, Krista, and Logan Malde; brother, Walter Heck; and step-grandsons: Andrew and Jake Clement.

Virginia is preceded in death by her husband, Gene Malde in 2010; her parents; sisters, Esther Wammen, Ruth Johnson, and Verona Vroman; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Scott.

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