March 29, 2017
Elaine Cecelia “Virg” Kinney, 87, of Blue River died Wednesday March 29th at the Richland Center Hospital surrounded by family and friends after a short illness. Elaine was born on March 25, 1930 on a farm north of Excelsior WI. She was the daughter of Richard & Elizabeth Hennessy. She graduated in May 1948 from Blue River High School and worked at First National Bank in Madison for 5 years. She married Paul Kinney on October 6, 1952. She is survived by her husband, Paul Kinney, 3 sons, Greg (JoAnn), Richard (Sara), and Kevin “George” and friend Annie Winger all of Blue River, 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Rose Chitwood of Boscobel and Helen Thistle of Merrill, a sister-in-law Regina Hennessy of Boscobel, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Richard & Elizabeth Hennessy, a brother Frank Hennessy and a sister, Mary Killoy. Elaine Kinney loved sports from following boys and girls sports at Riverdale when her grandchildren were there participating to being one of the most loyal Wisconsin Badger Basketball fan you would ever meet. She was a huge fan of all college basketball games in the winter time. She loved the Cubs, the Packers, (when Brett Favre was the quarterback) and would even root for the Brewers when they weren’t playing the Cubs. Elaine and Paul loved snowmobiling. They had many friends that they enjoyed that sport with (her Artic Cat Jag). She had her own moped and loved riding that. She also bowled for many years and was the life of the party at state tournament time. She followed the Jim Gorman Band for 50 years, which her husband Paul was the drummer and singer for all that time. She loved to dance until her health wouldn’t allow it. Her grandchildren and her great grandchildren were the love of her life. She cherished every visit and loved to hug them all. She even let them play with her teddy bear collection. She farmed with Paul and kept books on the side for different companies and later worked for Waltz Surge in Boscobel for 15 years. Elaine and Paul enjoyed 64 wonderful years together. Their love for each other never wavered. They had many wonderful friends and Elaine loved to party especially on St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween. She would go all out for them. Her faith was a great part of her life. She had a very close connection to God and prayed every day to him. We know that she is very happy to be with him in Heaven. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Boscobel. Monsignor Roger Scheckel will officiate with burial in the St. Philip’s Catholic Cemetery in Rolling Ground at 2:00 P.M. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church hall from 4:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M. and again on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Blue River Fire Department & Rescue, Riverdale Education Foundation or the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Stafford Funeral Home of Richland Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.