Virginia May Carrington

Virginia May Carrington, 82, of Ashland, passed away peacefully with loving family by her side, Monday, October 7, 2019 at Court Manor Health and Services. She was born September 19, 1937 at the Hayward Indian Hospital, the daughter of Clarence and Theresa (Soulier) Cloud.

Virginia was raised on the company farm in Odanah and graduated from DePadua High School in Ashland. She was married Frederick Vande Venter and through this union they were blessed with five children. Following their divorce, Virginia married Edgar J. Carrington on July 14, 1979 in Ashland. Together they blended their two families. Virginia was a dedicated public servant working as a tribal employee, for the State of Wisconsin Job Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs for many years.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Odanah and the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. She enjoyed working in the kitchen making meals for her family, going to the casino and taking trips to Duluth for symphonies with Edgar. She enjoyed music throughout her life and played the piano and Stradivarius. Virginia loved her family most of all and looked forward to the numerous trips to the “Lake Superior House” in the Upper Peninsula.

She is survived by her 5 children, Frederick (Victoria Flowers) Vande Venter, Susanne (Mike) Evans, Annette (Ken) Bartelt, Jodie (Jeff) Werre and Pamela (Bob Klamerus Jr.) Vande Venter; 3 step-children, Peter Carrington, Kim Carrington and Aimee Carrington; grandchildren, Joshua, Brianna, Naomi, Kristin, Ashlee, Abbi, Antonio, Thomas and and Matthew; great-grandchildren, Killian, Lyla and Tyler; special friend and companion, Donald Johnson; and nieces and other extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edgar; brother, Noel “Farmer” Cloud and step-children, Susan and Mike.

A memorial mass will be held at 12:00 noon, Friday, October 11, 2019 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Odanah with Fr. Jerome D’Souza officiating. Private family burial will be held in the St. Agnes Cemetery at a later time.

Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. A lunch and reception will be held in the Our Lady of the Lake Fellowship Hall following the services.

The family would like to send a special thank you to caregivers, Chip and Crystal and all the staff at Court Manor who helped during this difficult time.

Arrangements are by Frost Home for Funerals, to view the obituary online or to sign the guestbook, please visit us at

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