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Virginia (Hiatt) McDanel Hollinger

October 28, 1931 ~ December 25, 2021 (age 90)

Obituary

Virginia Pauline (Hiatt) McDanel Hollinger, age 90 of Moravia, Iowa passed away Saturday, December 25, 2021 at the Monroe County Hospital in Albia.

She was born October 28, 1931 to Ernest and Golda (Cline) Hiatt, south of Moravia at the homestead of grandparents, James and Arista (Criddlebaugh) Cline.  Virginia attended country schools as a child, entering Moravia High School in the fall of 1945.  Throughout high school, Virginia was active in numerous school functions and sports, including basketball.  She graduated from Moravia High School in 1949.

On December 24, 1949 Virginia married her high school sweetheart, Clair McDanel.  The couple resided in Camanche, Iowa, where they raised six children.  After twenty-seven years of marriage, Clair and Virginia went their separate ways.

Virginia worked in the Camanche Community School system for several years.  She later worked several jobs in Clinton County.

Throughout her years in Camanche, Virginia participated in numerous school organizations, including a room mother, parent teacher organization, etc.  She also enjoyed attending her children’s extracurricular activities, such as scouting, sports and musical events. 

Virginia later married Eldon James Hollinger, Sr. on March 9, 1981 in Centerville, Iowa.  The couple made the decision to reside in Clinton County until 1985.  In September of 1985, Eldon was transferred to Whitesboro, Texas and Virginia followed in March of 1986.  During her time of residence in Texas, Virginia assisted Eldon in managing numerous apartment buildings.  Due to the economic decline in the state of Texas, the couple made the decision to return to Iowa in September of 1986, settling in Appanoose County near Virginia’s parents.  It was during this period of time, Virginia secured a job with Rathbun Regional Water Association, retiring in 1999.

Throughout Virginia’s life, she was a member of numerous entities, including the United Methodist Church of Unionville, Iowa, lifetime membership of the Moravia VFW Auxiliary, Moravia American Legion Auxiliary, the Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Centerville; as well as a former member of Clinton Women of the Moose-having served as Senior Regent and other officers.

It should be noted that Virginia was a lifelong seamstress.  Throughout the years, she enjoyed making her own clothes, as well as clothing for other family members, including her children and grandchildren.  Her favorite projects included her daughters’ wedding gowns, and quilting for friends and family, especially quilts for the grandchildren’s wedding presents. 

Following Eldon’s passing in 2000, Virginia continued to live on the Hiatt family farm for several years.

Left to honor her memory include her six children, Barbara McHenry, Michael (Cathy) McDanel, Royce McDanel, Tim McDanel, Pamela (Bill) Warner, and Sheila (Brad) Blanton; seven step children; nine grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; a sister, Sandra (Edwin) Hollis; as well as other surviving family members.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Golda Hiatt; her second husband, Eldon Hollinger Sr.; a grandchild, Timothy McDanel Jr.; a step great grandson; two step daughters; and her brother, Robert Edward Hiatt.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Lange Funeral Home in Moravia with Pastor Joe Brummel officiating.  A visitation will take place on Thursday at Lange Funeral Home in Moravia, with the family greeting friends from 12-2 PM.  Cremation will take place following the funeral service.  Memorials have been established to either the Moravia First Responders or to the United Methodist Church of Unionville, Iowa and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com. or on our Facebook page.    

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
December 30, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Lange Funeral Home & Crematory
103 N. John Street
Moravia, IA 52571

Funeral Service
Thursday
December 30, 2021

2:00 PM
Lange Funeral Home & Crematory
103 N. John Street
Moravia, IA 52571

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