Virginia Means

  • Born: July 31, 1926
  • Died: January 17, 2016
  • Location: Coralville, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Virginia Means, 89, of Coralville, died Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence.

Memorial services will be held at 11 am, Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, with burial to take place at a later date at Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations can be given in her memory to Iowa City Hospice, the New Horizons Band, or First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the funeral home website @ Virginia was a dear soul who in life was always giving of herself, and in death she carried this on by giving of her physical self to science for research and learning. Memorial donations can be given in her memory to Iowa City Hospice or the New Horizons Band. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the funeral home website @

Virginia Campie was born July 31, 1926 in Clinton, IA, the daughter of Aksel J. and Camilla (Hall) Campie. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1944, and studied at Mt. St. Clare College. She taught business courses at the Business College in Clinton, and was a piano and organ instructor most of her working life.

Virginia married Arthur Kowrofske on November 28, 1945 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton. Two children were born to this union, they were later divorced in 1971. She married L.L. Budde who later died in 1997. She then moved to Coralville to live near her daughter and husband. On March 10, 2001, she was united in marriage to Duane E. Means. Though she spent most of her faith journey within the Lutheran Church, upon her marriage to Duane, she supported and embraced his longtime membership to First United Methodist Church in Iowa City.

She joined the Voices of Experience at the Iowa City – Johnson County Senior Center shortly after moving here and also joined the New Horizons Band where she met Duane. She was a member of the University Club and several bridge clubs. Quilting was one of her hobbies and she made quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered by many for her warm personality, strong faith, positive attitude, and great spirit!

Her family includes her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Jon Eastman of Coralville, 3 grandchildren, 5 great-grandsons, and 1 great-great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, and her son, Alan Kowrofske.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just realized I have a final choral rehearsal before performance at the same time as Virginia's funeral and will not be able to come for her funeral. She was a kind and generous lady. I am so glad that I met her when I directed the Voices of Experience. I probably learned as much from her as I ever have. Thank you for sharing her with us. She and Duane continue to be in my prayers.

Posted by Richard Tiegs - COralville, IA - Friend   April 20, 2016

Diane and Jon,
Virginia will be missed by all who knew her and by her family and friends. We were so sorry to hear of her passing. Our sympathy to you all.
Al and Sharon

Posted by Al and Sharon Halverson - Coralville, IA - Acquaintance   February 11, 2016

I enjoyed working with Virginia when she was a volunteer @ the UIHC Volunteer Gift Shop, we became friends, and realized we had other mutual friends as well, we both went to the First United Methodist Church and would see each other to catch up at outside gatherings. She was a special lady and will be deeply missed

If possible please let me know in the Spring if they have any services for her

Posted by Tracy Varcoe - Hiawatha, IA - Friend   February 04, 2016

My deepest sympathy to Diane, Jon and their families over the loss of their mother. I had been in contact with Virginia over the last ten years, collecting data and information from her for our mutual Hall family history.

She was a very interesting lady and always proud of her Canadian heritage. She simply loved 'life', her family and friends.

I hope to hear from Diane at some point to continue discussing our mutual family roots.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Kevin Long.

Posted by Kevin Long - Durham, Ontario, Canada - Canadian Family Relative   January 26, 2016

Virginia's happy smile will be missed d by us

Posted by Mary & Roy Reese - Iowa City, IA - Church friend   January 21, 2016

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