Virginia Marie Schenck, age 89, passed away on February 4, 2011 after a short illness.
Gini was born in Anita, Iowa on March 15, 1921, to the late Les and Effie (Cooper) Bean. In addition to her parents, Gini was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Monty, sister Marge, son-in-law Charles Giegel Jr., and granddaughter, Sarah Slone.
Gini is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Marci (Jim) Cortese of Tustin, California; Margo (Mike) Smith of Wadsworth; and Tonita (Mike) Slone of Wadsworth; son Mark of Chippewa Lake; grandchildren Mike (Lisa) Giegel, Melissa (Dan) Minahan, Brian, Todd and Paul Schenck, Matt (Cindy) Smith, Scott (Megan) Smith, Dan and Jordan Smith, Mike and Joe Slone; and great-grandchildren, Mitch, Nate and Will Giegel, Sean, Joe and Sarah Minahan, Jackson and Maxton Smith, Lily, Olivia and Leo Smith.
Gini lived her early years in Iowa where she met her future husband, Monty. They were married on March 21, 1942 in Las Vegas, Nevada and began a 66 year journey of “faithful service” and Monty’s insistence on “smashed taters and gravy” every night for dinner.
Gini and Monty began their first “great life dream” together in Iowa. Monty had earned his “A” card from the PGA, and they gathered a group of investors together to buy land and build a golf course and clubhouse. Like many from America’s “greatest generation” their plans were interrupted by WWII. Monty went off to serve in the Army Air Corps while Gini lived in Iowa with daughter, Marci. The land for their golf course was taken by eminent domain to build an Army munitions plant.
After WWII ended, Gini and Monty moved to Kingston, NY where Monty went to work for Kingston Handle. In 1950, Gini and Monty moved to Wadsworth where Monty was employed by the Wadsworth Millwork Co.
In 1960, Gini and Monty began their second “great life dream” by founding a local manufacturing company, Doors Inc. While Monty built the business, Gini became involved in the Wadsworth Community. She served with the Welcome Wagon, supported the Wadsworth Footlighters, was a member with Monty of the Wadsworth Gyro Club, and Rawiga Golf Course. In 1964, during Wadsworth’s Sesquicentennial, Gini gathered historical information about the Wadsworth Community and buried a time capsule at the Woodlawn Cemetary, which is to be exhumed in 2014. She was selected as the “Woman of the Week” in 1965 for the Wadsworth News Banner.
Gini and Monty loved to play cards and golf. They hosted many great parties for their friends often times serving “Gini’s pizza”, a recipe she created in the late 1940’s, as well as fudge and peanut brittle from the old family recipes to give as gifts. Many friends have received their surnames crocheted and framed.
After retirement in 1975, Gini and Monty began their third “great life dream” together. They built a retirement home in Deltona, FL and spent 25 years inviting family and friends to “come on down.” The grandchildren especially remember Grandma’s great cooking and cookie jar that was always full, splashing in the pool, and playing shuffleboard. Her grandchildren always knew when she was in the room because they could “smell her smell” which was Avon’s Cotillion perfume.
Monty and Gini moved back to Wadsworth in 2001 to spend their later years surrounded by their loving family.
Gini can best be remembered as someone who never missed an opportunity to make a new friend.
The family will receive friends Monday, February 7 from 5-8 PM with the funeral services on Tuesday at 10AM at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. Pastor Jeff Wade officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.