Virginia was born on July 26th, 1923, at the family farm near Milberger, Kansas, the daughter of George and Mary K. (Kraft) Steinert. She grew up in the Milberger community.
She was united in marriage to Clarence Boxberger on February 25th, 1945 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parsonage in Russell. From this union, Virginia and Clarence were blessed with two daughters, Beverly and Mary, and son, Tim. She was a homemaker and also worked for USD #407 as a school cook and later ashead cook and supervisor at Simpson Elementary School in Russell. She lived the majority of her life south of Russell in a home she and Clarence built by hand.
Clarence preceded her in death on June 4th, 1977. She found companionship and love again two years later and married Russell K. Ehrlich in November of 1979. He passed away in July of 1985.
She and Clarence were longtime members of St. John Lutheran Church. She was a previous member of Prairie Mates EHU, Russell V.F.W Auxiliary, Russell American Legion Auxiliary, a board member of the Russell Senior Center, and a 4-H Community Leader for Sunflower 4-H Club.
She enjoyed crafting, drawing, sewing, quilting, fishing, playing bingo and cards, and was an accomplished baker and cook. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving family members include daughters, Beverly Miller of Leawood, Kansas, Mary Holliday of Russell, Kansas, and son Tim (Laura) of Great Bend, Kansas; four grandchildren, Shelly Dorrel (Alan), Rebecca Griffen (Jim), Brandon Winter (Crystal), and Matt Langhofer; nine great-grandchildren, Jessica Clevenger, (Joey), Taylor Dorrel, MaKenzie Miller, Dylan Winter, Samuel Winter, Matthew Langhofer, Logan Langhofer, Laura Langhofer and Lacey Langhofer; and sisters Edna Tittel and May Karst.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 32 years Clarence Boxberger, second husband Russell K. Ehrlich, brother Reuben Steinert, sister Rosa Boxberger, grandson Douglas Langhofer, and son-in-law, Steven Miller.
A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Russell with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating. Burial will take place following the service at Russell City Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 11th, with the family present to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Memorial has been established with Almost Home, Inc. Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.