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Virginia Naros Obituary



Longtime Saddlebred enthusiast Virginia Peterson Naros passed away peacefully on February 21, while surrounded by family and friends. Preceded in death by her mother, father, brother and sister, Naros was 81. Her only child, Kristen K. Naros, a Saddlebred exhibitor herself, survives her. Naros is also survived by a nephew, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

The Naros family has enjoyed the American Saddlebred for many years and has been associated with such trainers as Bert and Alice Lear, Marlys Bell, Keith Bartz, Paul Priebe, Judy Jensen and Todd Perkins, and Tom & Nancy Scott. Currently, Kris Naros shows Bella Diva under the direction of Jared Ratzloff.

Naros graduated from St. Mary’s Hall, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing where she received her R.N. degree. She would later earn her Masters in Hospital Administration. It has been said that she had a heart of gold and was a caretaker to many. In addition to serving as a nurse for several years she was the Associate Director of the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing and the founding Director of Nursing for Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. Naros also found time to consult for many group homes for disabled children and adults.

It is asked that any memorials in her honor be made to the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

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