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Virginia B. â€śGingerâ€ť Smith, 79, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at 9:42 p.m. in her Winona Lake home.
Ginger was born May 17, 1934, to Harold and Irene (Torell) Bergstrom in Plainfield, NJ.
She was a graduate of Van Wert High School, earned a bachelor of science in education, a masters in guidance and counseling and earned a certification in school psychology.
On June 17, 1958, she and John L. Smith were married in Madison, Wisc. For many years they made their home in the Warsaw-Winona Lake area. He preceded her in death July 26, 1983.
Ginger was a guidance counselor for the Whitko Community School Corporation for seven years, an after-school tutor at Black Lake Lodge for Whitko High School students, taught summer school for Whitko Middle School students and taught weekly classes to divorcing parents for the Whitley County Court System.
She was a member of St. Anneâ€™s Episcopal Church, Warsaw, where she taught Sunday school for three years; coordinated and taught church vacation Bible school; served as secretary, vice president and president for Warsaw YMCA for 4-to-5 years; was secretary and vice president of Cardinal Learning Center for eight years; served as secretary of the board for Warsaw Parks and Recreation (appointed by the mayor); served as a board member of CASA for seven years; was a division chairman for United Way for a year; was a Wayne Township Cancer chairman for one year; member of American Association of University Women for seven years where she had served as its treasurer, vice president and president; and also worked with Welcome Wagon and Meals on Wheels.
She was proud that she lived with a clean criminal record â€” no misdemeanors and no felonies â€” not even a traffic accident report on her record.
Ginger was the kind of parent and grandparent who was committed to her church, family and community. She will always be remembered as a kind, loving and compassionate person who will be greatly missed as a mother, friend and mentor.
Ginger is survived by two sons, Brendt L. Smith and Harold Smith, both of Winona Lake; two daughters and sons-in-law, Christine and William Cuban of Winona Lake and Teresa and Paul Beckwith of Fishers; and 10 grandchildren.
Visitation will take place at St. Anneâ€™s Episcopal Church, I424 W. Market St., Warsaw, Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, with a memorial service following. Burial will take place in the columbarium of the church and in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorial gifts may be directed to K-21 Health Foundation - Cancer Care Fund, PO Box 1810, Warsaw, IN 46581-1810..
The staff of Titus Funeral Home considers it a privilege to care for the family and friends of Ginger Smith.