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MUSCATINE, Iowa - Virginia L. Jens Honts, 86, of Muscatine, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Muscatine Care Center.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2004, at Grace Lutheran Church, 2107 Cedar Street. Reverend Leif Pohl will officiate. Casket bearers will be her grandchildren. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 1, 2004, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the Muscatine Care Center.

Virginia was born on September 1, 1917, in Princeton, the daughter of Floyd M. and Viola Phillips Airhardt. Her first marriage was to Loren E. Jens on November 7, 1936, in Rock Island, Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1988. Her second marriage was to Daniel James 'Danny' Honts on April 5, 1990, in Iowa City. He preceded her in death in 1992.

She was a graduate of Davenport High School and the Chicago School of Nursing.

She retired in 1983, from Thatcher Plastics after 20 years as a night nurse.

Virginia was a Past Great Pocahontas of Iowa, a member of the Newton Pocahontas Council, the College of Regents for the Women of the Moose, she served a pianist for the Moose for many years, the Eagles Lodge, and was also a member of the Pythian Sisters of Buffalo.

Survivors include three sons, Dennis Jens and wife, Nancy, of Muscatine, Randy Jens and wife, Janeen, of Muscatine, Gary Jens of Muscatine; one daughter, Dorothy Schmoldt and husband, Dean, of Muscatine; one step-son, Steve Honts and wife, Mary, of Muscatine; two step-daughters, Janet Forbes and husband, Steven, of Muscatine, and Violet Reiter and husband, Ed, of Burlington; 14 grandchildren, Michael Schmoldt, Karen Schmoldt Thomas, Allan Schmoldt, Barb Crews, Robert 'Buddy' Jens, Melissa Winters, Jody Hitchcock, Jessica Jens, Gary Jens Jr., Brandon Jens, Cory Jens, Jamie McBride, Shannon Jens and Randi Wisecup; 15 great-grandchildren; one great great-granddaughter; and one sister, Betty Kesterson of Escondito, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husband, four sons, Richard, Merle, Fred and Donald, one step-son, William Honts, and one great great-grandson, Austin Walker.
WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Violet Jens-Messinger, 80, Watertown, formerly of Milwaukee, Wis., died Thursday, May 1, 2003.

Services were 11 a.m. Monday at the Church and Chapel Funeral Home, Waukesha, Wis.

She owned and operatated the Butter Toast restaurant, one of Muscatine's most popular restaurants in the 1950s.

Survivors include her children, Ernest, Corbin, Debra and Katherine; two sisters, Betty Snider of Muscatine and Phyllis Beck of Davenport; and numerous friends and relatives.

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