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Virginia Young Holshuh


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Virginia Young Holshuh Obituary
Virginia Young Holshuh

Virginia Young Holshuh, 92, of Akron, Ohio, died peacefully on June 24, 2014.

"Ginny" was the beloved matriarch of a large family with deep ties in Ohio. She is survived by daughter, Deborah Kreutzer and sons, Jake Holshuh and Don Holshuh. Her daughter Judy Jeter predeceased her. She is also survived by grandchildren, John Jeter, Tammy Kinder, Brittany Olsen, Ashley Connolly, Jennifer Yelenosky, and Justin Holshuh, as well as niece, Gail Kinzel and son-in-law Jack Jeter. "Grandma Shuh" lived long enough to welcome and enjoy seven great-grandchildren.

Ginny was born Virginia May Young on May 29th, 1922 in Wadsworth, Ohio, daughter of Don Allen Young and Julia Pauline Risch and granddaughter of local industrialist, E.J. Young who started The Ohio Companies. She was the second of four children: her siblings were Robert "Bob" Young, William "Bill" Young, and Mary Josephine "Jody" Young. Ginny graduated from Wadsworth High School in 1940 and then attended Denison University for two years where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. After a brief stint at the University of Michigan, Ginny married in 1943 and settled in Akron where she had lived ever since. She was a long-term member of Akron Junior League and a life-long member of Akron Garden Club and Diggers & Weeders.

Ginny was a spirited woman with a quick wit and a taste for adventure. She traveled to over 50 countries, many of them highly remote, and savored learning about how other people lived. She had a particular fondness for African tribal art and amassed quite a collection of textiles and artifacts from all over the world. She was also quite crafty herself, with a needle never too far from her fingers. Ginny instilled in her children and grandchildren an interest in the world and a respect for the challenges that others less fortunate faced. Generosity for others embodied how she lived. In her later years, she was cared for by her devoted friends Ida Wilson and Maria Eva Duncan. She will be sorely missed by all those that were blessed by her vitality, love, and support.

The family welcomes you to Ginny's home at 611 Ardleigh Drive, Akron 44303, between 12 and 2 on Saturday, June 28, to celebrate her full life. Donations in Ginny's name would be welcomed to The Boys & Girls Club of the Western Reserve (wrkids.org).


Published in Akron Beacon Journal on June 26, 2014
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