Virginia’s Memorial Service

Virginia’s grandchildren, Justin & Madyson by the new pine

DATE: Sunday May 24th
TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: Big Island on Squash Lake

Sunday of Memorial Day weekend forty friends, neighbors, and family members of Virginia gathered on the Big Island in the shade of the towering eagles’ nest to celebrate her life. She is the godmother of the SLA. There was singing accompanied by guitars and a harmonica. Tears, laughter, and memories of Virginia were shared. Her two grandchildren helped to plant two small white pine trees in her memory. Virginia’s passion and enthusiasm for Squash Lake, her wisdom, laughter, big warm hugs and straw hat will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Because of Virginia Amerena…….we have a Squash Lake Association. Thank you, Virginia. We will never forget you:)


It was an absolutely beautiful day for the gathering.  There was a breeze off and on and it was sunny and about 70 degrees.  There were 40 people that came out to remember Virginia.  This was done in song and verse.  Paco Fralick accompanied the group in “Virginia Row Your Boat Ashore” and “On Eagles Wings” with his guitar and harmonica and Pat Dugan led the group in “Amazing Grace”.   Karen Isebrands-Brown was the moderator of the event.   Many people shared their memories and thoughts about Virginia and 2 white pine trees were planted on the island.  One on the north end and one on the south end. 

 During the singing and remembering the breeze had gone quiet and when all was over, Virginia show her approval for the gathering with a strong breeze that picked up and scattered the papers on the little table that was being used for this service.

“Virginia, your presence will always be felt on Squash Lake.”

I was told that it was a very moving gathering.  I, unfortunately, sat in a pontoon boat with a motor that refused to start, even after running down 2 batteries trying.  And this report is second hand.