Virginia R. Newman
Virginia R. Newman, age 81, of Quincy, died on Sunday, February 9, 2020 in Blessing Hospital. She was born on March 13, 1938 in Quincy, the daughter of Henry and Regina (Winking) Boll. Virginia married Edgar A. Newman, Jr. on November 25, 1961. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1974.
Virginia graduated from Quincy College and worked for many years as a lab technician at Blessing Hospital. She found herself a single parent after the unexpected death of her husband at a young age. She rose to the challenge, becoming fiercely independent and resourceful. A true MacGyver, she learned to repair a lawn mower, remove a raccoon from the attic, and stretch a dollar to cover three meals. She loved her neighbors, working in her yard, and her home was a favorite for young children on Halloween. She was known for her thoughtful gifts and never missed a birthday, graduation or anniversary. Virginia took great joy in small pleasures: a warm bowl of soup, a bloom on a plant she nursed back to life, and debating current events with her family at the kitchen table. An attentive listener with keen intuition, Virginia was more impressed by strong principles, hard work, and integrity than by material things. Her love of a simple life and her unbending commitment to core values will remain a north star for her children and grandchildren for years to come.
She is survived by her children: Sandra K. Newman (Leah Kaiser) of Chicago and James (Lisa) Newman of Nashville, TN; granddaughters: Sarah and Mary Kate Newman, both of Nashville, TN; siblings: James Boll of San Francisco, CA and Catherine Cordes of Palatine, IL; brothers-in-law: Dick Newman and Mark (Linda) Newman all of Quincy. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a sister, Evelyn Terwelp and a brother, Robert Boll.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Peter. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday morning from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter Grade School in Quincy, Illinois.
Yucca Valley, CA
- I am so sorry for the loss the survivors are experiencing. And I am so happy for her.
Clair Mark Cordes
Oak Forest, IL
- 'Ginny' was a kind, gentle soul who loved the simple things in life. Her friendly spark and infectious smile lifted those around her and she'll never be forgotten. “Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realise it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.” Virginia embodied it all.
Lisa (Hinkamper) McCormick
- Jim and Lisa - So sorry to read of your mothers passing! Thinking of you during this time
- Aunt Ginny was a sweet and kind lady. I remember she had an amazing laugh! And her generous spirit was always present. I'm so honored to have known such a truly wonderful person. My heart goes out to those who love her.