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Virginia ‘Ginny’ Westfall

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

AVON – Virginia “Ginny” Westfall, 88, of Little Swan Lake, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Care Center of Abingdon. Ginny was the devoted and loving wife of Curtis. She wore his service parachute as her wedding gown when they married in 1945.

Ginny and Curt enjoyed dancing, especially the jitterbug, ballroom dancing, and square dancing. She played popular songs from the ‘40s on the piano for family and friends, and enjoyed playing games and cards. She loved pontoon boating, golfing, and living along the second green of Swan Creek Golf Club. Ginny and Curt became avid square dancers when they lived at Campbell Center in Mount Carroll, and on Lake Wisconsin in Merrimac, Wis. They liked traveling to square dance conventions and visiting family and friends. They enjoyed Friday night fish fry dinners and dancing when they lived near Merrimac. She was devoted to planning, preparing and hosting meals and parties for family and friends. Ginny’s recipes are a testament to her great love of cooking. Ginny earned her teaching license at Western Illinois State Teachers College. She taught in Ipava, Dixon, Deer Grove, and Walnut.

Ginny is remembered as the loving mother of Kent (Ellen) Westfall of Avon, Cindy (Mark) Hertzberg of Racine, Wis., and Bob (Sherry) Westfall of Geneseo. “Gramma Ginny” was loved by eight grandchildren, Kemper (Wendi) Westfall, Kristen (James) Barclay, Kate (Justin) Lockett, Khloe (Anthony) Beaird, Adam and Aaron (Carie) Hertzberg, Jodie (Mark) Sams, and Stephanie Westfall; and eight great-grandchildren, Colin and Evan Westfall, Kylie and Jaxon Barclay, Ellie Beaird, Jane Virginia Hertzberg, and Ian and Ryan Kennedy, and sister-in-law, Mary Jane Buchen. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Ginny was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis; her parents, Arch and Grace Buchen; and her brother, Phillip Buchen.  

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at Avon United Methodist Church, 200 E. Washington St., Avon. Interment will be at Prairie City Cemetery. Corman Funeral Home in Avon is handling arrangements.

Her family thank the staff at the Care Center of Abingdon, and the doctors, nurses, and staff at Cottage Hospital for her care.

Memorials may be made to Avon Methodist Church, Swan Creek Golf Club, and the Care Center of Abingdon.

Visit www.cormanh.com to send condolences.

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