Virgil Joseph Burg passed away peacefully April 22, 2021, at the Long Prairie nursing home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A funeral Mass was April 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala with the Rev. David Grundman as celebrant.

Virgil was born Dec. 7, 1933, to Leo and Clara (Schaefer) Burg. His love of farming started at the farm he was raised on near St. Martin.

Virgil married Rose Gerads in St. Anthony May 9, 1962. After working in the granite quarries of Cold Spring for a few years, he returned to dairy farming and also raised hogs and chickens. Virgil and Rose farmed for nearly 50 years near Upsala, before turning the farm over to their son, Allen. In his later years, he enjoyed sitting on the deck, watching the antics of the chickens as they grazed around the yard.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Rose; children Ken (Marlene) of New York Mills, Karen (Loran) Wolbeck of Grey Eagle, Shirley (Marvin) Wensmann of Upsala, Cindy (Kevin) Banks of St. Cloud, and Allen of Upsala; 10 grandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren; and siblings Ramona (Bernard) Stang, Marilyn Neary, Beatrice (Ken) Schmidt, David Burg, Dennis (Wynn) Burg, Victor (Evie) Burg, Victoria Burg and Harvey (Jan) Burg.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Clara Burg, mother and father-in-law Nick and Dora Gerads, brother-in-law Don Neary, sister-in-law Sharon Burg and godson Daniel Wielenberg.

“This Is Not Good Bye, Only See You Later.”