On July 21, 2023, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Virginia Ann Warakomski peacefully passed away at home after a short illness. Virginia was born on December 27, 1927, in Chicago, IL to Joseph and Estelle (Fydryck) Waldin. She spent her early childhood on a dairy farm in Stevens Point, WI and then moved with her family to Niles, IL, where she graduated from Niles Township High School.
She and John Warakomski were married in 1948 and moved to St. Louis, MO, where she raised her two children, Mike and Mary Ellen. In her later years, she moved to Goodland, Kansas, where she enjoyed volunteering at the Goodland Churches Thrift Shop and working at Terra Bona Hawaiian Shave Ice and Coffee Company. She was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, where she played the organ for Mass. Virginia was an active member of the Goodland Community as well.
Virginia was an avid gardener as well as a sewer and quilter. In her spare time, she enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles with her family. One of her great joys was teaching two of her great-granddaughters, Gracie and Hannah, to sew. She enjoyed her Tuesday afternoon sewing group at the First Christian Church. She was a lifelong learner, taking piano lessons to improve her musical skills even at her advanced age, and enjoyed being a member of the Library Book Club. She was especially proud of the “Good Neighbor Award” given “in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Grandview Hills Neighborhood in Missouri”, prior to moving.
Virginia is preceded in death by her husband, John Warakomski; her parents, Joseph and Estelle (Fydryck) Waldin; her brothers, Joseph and Paul Waldin; her sister, Theresa (Waldin) Buck.
She is survived by her children, John Michael “Mike” Warakomski (Janet) and Mary Ellen Coumerilh (John), as well as her four grandchildren: Benjamin and Michael Coumerilh and Matthew and Christopher Warakomski; and her 8 great-grandchildren: Kylee Addison, Gracie Warakomski; Kaitlyn, John R. and Hannah Coumerilh, and Madison, Riley and Elijah Coumerilh as well as many friends.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2023 at 11:00 AM MT at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father Carlos Ruiz officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Virginia’s name to be made to Autoinflammatory Alliance at www.autoinflammatory.org or Children’s Gospel Box at www.give.foursquare.org. If you prefer to leave a memorial in person, they may be left at the services or mailed to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, KS 67735.