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Virginia L. Prifogle, 89, Kokomo, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at her home. She was born April 22, 1928, on the Rinehart family farm on 880 West in Howard County, to Ross and Lucille (Mason) Rinehart.
Virginia attended Ervin School from first through 10th grade until the family moved to Kokomo in 1943. She graduated from Kokomo High School in 1946. She married her childhood sweetheart, Carl Edward Prifogle, on April 6, 1946, at First Baptist Church in Kokomo, and they were married for 57 years until his death on July 4, 2003. Shortly after marrying, she and Carl bought a 60-acre farm at 880 W. 100 North, where they both worked and raised their four children.
Virginia taught piano lessons for over 40 years, retiring in 1994, and was a church organist and pianist for several years. She enjoyed being with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her cats, playing piano and hand bells, sewing, crocheting, euchre and dominos with friends, reading, watching WWE, her soaps, and anything with Tom Selleck. She also made the best chocolate chip cookies.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Kokomo and also attended First Baptist Church in Galveston. She was a former member of the Ervin Homemakers Club and the Pearls of Wisdom ladies group.
Survivors include her children, Steve (Pam) Prifogle, Bruce Prifogle, Diana (Dean) Criss and Cathy (Brad) Newton, all of Kokomo; grandchildren, Todd Prifogle, Megan (Chris) Refner, Luke (Rose) Prifogle, Sam (Mya) Prifogle, Stacey (Brandon) Garrett, Jason (Megan) Criss and Wes (Jessie) Newton; great-grandchildren, Atticus Refner, Silas Refner, Titus Refner, Thomas Prifogle, Nichole Prifogle, Carrie Hall, Lizzie Hall, A.J. Criss, Molly Criss and Marlee Newton; her sister-in-law, Leona "Onie" Wilson; lifelong friend, Evelyn Arvin; and special friend, Susie Caine.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Mason Rinehart, Eddie Rinehart and Bud Rinehart; sisters, Maxine Stull-Kirby, Nina Rinehart and Marilyn Rinehart; grandson, Joel Edward Prifogle; and daughter-in-law, Alice Ann (Jones) Prifogle.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Shirley Howell and her girls, Emily Working, Marlena Woods, Jennifer Scott, Chanelle Witmeyer, Kelly Myers, Melissa Kanable and Patsy Pilat, to Guardian Angel Hospice, and to Dr. Melanie Bozard.
Funeral services for Virginia will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, with Pastors Matt Hartke and Sean Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from noon until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kokomo Humane Society or a charity of your choice. The family asks that, in Virginia's memory, everyone do a random act of kindness. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.stoutandson.com.
Published on February 1, 2018
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