Virginia's Story

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Virginia Viola Beitner left this world for heaven at the age of 96. Her unconditional, kind and loving heart finally stopped. In her last days Virginia "Ginny" was surrounded by persons who loved and cared for her, just as she had always loved them, unconditionally.
Ginny was born to Scandinavian immigrants on March 21, 1921 and was adopted as a baby by Mae and Howard St. John, of Grand Rapids. By Ginny's young age of 12, both Mae and Howard had died and Mae's sister and brother-in-law adopted her. Ginny's uncle and aunt, Sherman and Ida Cooley, of 628 Webster in Traverse City, blessed Ginny with much affection and the love of the out of doors.
Ginny was raised as a Christian and was baptized in the imitation of the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ, on April 19, 1937. Ginny loved her Lord and even on her last day on this earth was mouthing the 23rd Psalm and the Lord's Prayer with a friend, just as on so many previous occasions, with these praises in heart and mind.
At the age of 19 Ginny married Dean Beitner at First Christian Church on Oct. 6, 1940. The service was officiated by Pastor William Molanski at the church, then located at the corner of Eighth and Cass. The newlyweds traveled to Detroit, where Dean attended school and Ginny worked.
Upon completion of school the couple returned to Traverse City, where both worked and enjoyed the outdoors. On Jan. 20, 1944 Ginny gave birth to a girl, Deanna Ruth Beitner, and Oct. 5, 1946 to a son, Duane Howard Beitner.
Ginny was never one to be idle, working with the Grand Rapids Press for decades, raising her children and additionally working for Munson Medical Center and J.C. Penney to make sure she was busy and contributing to her family and the community. She established a newspaper distribution business with a friend, Raymond Schroeder, which she and Ray maintained for many years.
Ginny was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and The Cruise Crew.
Her friends will miss Ginny, all who have many delightful memories of times together.
Ginny was preceded in death by both of her children, Deanna and Duane.
She is survived by many longtime friends, among them Michael E. Smith; and many friends and families too numerous to mention.
Ginny will be sorely missed, but will all meet again in heaven.
The funeral service for Ginny will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with Pastor Robert Zagore officiating. A luncheon will be served at the church following the service to continue the celebration of Ginny's life. She will be buried next to her children in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions in Ginny's name may be directed to Trinity Lutheran School or the Cherryland Humane Society.
Please share your memories of Ginny by visiting her tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is caring for the family.
Published on June 17, 2017
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