Virginia D. “Ginny” Birkenstock

Virginia D. “Ginny” Birkenstock

FALL RIVER–Virginia D. “Ginny” Birkenstock age 89, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Hartland Terrace Assisted Living in Hartland.

She was born on April 6, 1924, the daughter of Emil and Dora (Sumnicht) Hemling of Fall River. Virginia attended Brace Elementary in Fountain Prairie and Fall River High School. Known to her friends as “Ginny” she was married to Harold Birkenstock on January 23, 1947 in Fall River.

Virginia was a lifelong and active resident of Fall River, residing the last few years of her life in Hartland. For nearly twenty years Ginny was a copy editor at the Shopping Reminder in Columbus. Her next career led her to the Fall River Bank where she was known for her cheery disposition until she retired in 1993. She hosted guests at the Casino Supper Club for nearly three decades. Ginny was a lifetime member of St. Stephen’s Church and was an active Ladies Aid member. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and served on the Fall River Cemetery board of directors. Ginny was known as “the Avon-Lady of Fall River” having achieved great National recognition for sales for over twenty years. Ginny enjoyed traveling, bowling, gardening, fishing and antiquing. She was always wearing a wide smile and in search of fun.

Survivors include her three sons, Tim (Crystal) Birkenstock of Miami, Thom Birkenstock (Jim Kane) of San Diego, Terry (Gail) Birkenstock of Shoreview, MN. She was “Gramma” to four grandchildren; Benjamin (Ann) Birkenstock, Andrew Birkenstock, Stephanie (Frank) Pipp and Adam Birkenstock. Ginny enjoyed 3 great grandchildren; her sister, Ruby (Bill) Kirley of Milwaukee; many friends and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 1974; her two brothers, Roy and Harley; one sister, Muriel Dykstra.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 P.M., with visitation beginning at 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at ST. STEPHEN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 221 N. Main St. Fall River, WI. Rev. James Bolda will officiate. Interment will be in the Fall River Cemetery, Fall River.

Memorials may be directed to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church.

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