Virginia A. “Ginny” (nee Neubert) Karstedt passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at age 93 in West Bend.

She raised her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren with a mission to fill the world with love, generosity and compassion. Her home was always a refuge for those struggling, and her heart, a welcome mat to anyone who needed to know that they were loved.

Her laughter was the biggest sound in any room. Angels are giddy at this moment from the roaring uplift of Ginny’s contagious laugh. She often said, “Don’t talk like a sausage”. It usually meant, “don’t be silly,” she was going to help us with anything no matter the sacrifice.

Ginny was born July 22, 1930, and was married for 65 years to Kenneth Herman Karstedt who passed in 2015. Ginny was preceded in death by her daughter Patricia; her parents Henry and Frances (nee Gross) Neubert; her twin brother Hank; and her sisters, Mary and Shirley. She is survived by her sisters, Judith and Dorothy. Her sister Joan just passed away Saturday, March16, 2024.

Ken and Ginny had eleven children together, Kathleen (David) Aragon, Patricia Karstedt, Kristine (Paul) Hauser, Kenneth (Vicki Pauly) Karstedt Jr., Kevin (Katherine) Karstedt, Karen (Chuck) O’Meara, Kip (Natalie) Karstedt, Mary (Tim) Galante, Louise (Tim) Kissel, Mark (Marta) Karstedt, and Meg Michaelson. They had 30 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She had many great, life-long friends that were also like family to her.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 10 until 11:45 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 138 N. 8th Ave., West Bend. A Memorial Mass will follow the visitation at the church at noon. Burial will follow for immediate family at Washington County Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Evans Scholarship at the West Bend Country Club, or Holy Angels Church in West Bend.

Thank you to the many kind and generous caregivers.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service has been entrusted with Ginny’s arrangements. Additional information and Tribute Wall may be found at

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