Virginia Pauline Longo
Virginia was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, wife, and friend. She died peacefully during a nap after lunch with both her daughters by her side on May 17, 2018, at age 95. Virginia was born September 21, 1922, to Marie and Paul Doering in Bayard, Nebraska. Her father worked for the CB & Q Railroad so she remembered fun train trips to visit her grandmother in Arkansas. Virginia met Lyle Roseberry in high school and she attended Scottsbluff Jr. College. Lyle joined the Navy as a pilot. So they were married while he was training in Pensacola, FL on December 29, 1942. They moved to Oakland, California, during WWII and her mother, grandmother, and sister moved in with her while her husband flew. Following the war, she and Lyle moved to Lovell, WY, and then Billings where Lyle worked for Exxon. She and Lyle had 3 children: Linda, Mike, and Carol. They had many parties at their cabin in Red Lodge and enjoyed floating Rock Creek irrigation canal in rafts with family and friends. Virginia’s favorite song for dancing was “Mack the Knife.” Lyle passed away on August 2, 1968.
Virginia met Bud Longo on the slopes of Red Lodge and they married in 1970. She loved having friends over for dinner and bridge and enjoyed attending the Symphony. She helped raise Bud’s 5 children. She and Bud took many trips traveling to Spain, Italy, Mexico and the Alps. Bud passed away April 5, 2011.
Virginia was a member of numerous bridge clubs, First United Methodist Church, Junior League and PEO for over 50 years. She volunteered on SV’s SAINTS event from its beginning. She enjoyed any card game and loved spending time with her family. Grammy GiGi especially loved playing games with her grandchildren and her 5 great grandchildren: Aiden, Quinn, Arianna, Drew, and Connor. Their favorite game was “31,” and she nearly always won! She moved into Mission Ridge in 2011 and enjoyed old and new friendships.
Virginia brought joy and laughter to all with her sense of humor. Our mother taught us to cook, bake, sew, garden and knit. She always had a project going and never sat idly by. She never threw anything away that could be mended, glued or screwed. She loved to entertain and always set a beautiful table with fine china, crystal and polished sterling silver. Even at 95, mom always asked to bring something to share for dinner and scolded us if our plates were not warmed in advance of serving up! Virginia was smart and frugal and so very proud to have been a part of her great generation. Remembering Virginia’s wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts.
Virginia is survived by her sister Varena, her daughters, Linda (Todd) Baugh, Carol (Roger) Rohr, grandchildren Travis (Kris) Baugh, Adrienne (Greg) Donahue, Dain Rohr, Schyler (Mimi) Rohr, Michael Ross Roseberry and step children Vonnie Longo, Peter (Sherry) Longo, Buddy (Teresa) Longo, and Betsy (Chris) Gordon, and 9 step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Roy Roseberry, and stepson, Mark Longo.
The Memorial Service will be held June 2, 11:00, at King of Glory Lutheran Church. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Billings Symphony or the ( DAV) Disabled American Veterans in honor of her grandson Dain’s military service.
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