Virginia G. Dinkel Aug. 17, 1914 - July 3, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Virginia Gertrude Dinkel passed away July 3, 2014, just a few weeks short of her 100th birthday. Virginia was born on August 17, 1914, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Herbert and Bettie Vice Dinkel. Virginia was a remarkable woman and lived an extraordinary life. She was a lifelong educator who devoted her life to teaching and improving the lives of children. She received her Bachelor's degree from Indiana State, her Master's degree from Peabody College, and completed coursework for her Doctor's degree at the University of Michigan. She also studied at Columbia University in New York, and the University of Chicago. Her career spanned from teaching in a one-room school near Terre Haute to serving as a teacher, principal and administrator in the South Bend area schools for nearly 40 years. Virginia loved the outdoors and traveled extensively, both throughout the United States and to many corners of the world. She was a Rainbow Girl and a 50-year member of Eastern Star. She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church of South Bend for nearly 75 years, where she taught and participated in Sunday School and Bible Study, actively participated in United Methodist Women, and worked in the Budget Corner and with the Church's outreach ministries for many years. Virginia was a loving sister, aunt, friend and mentor who touched countless lives with her passion for teaching, her devotion to family, friends and faith, her wise counsel, and her infectious laugh. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters and brothers-in-law, Florence and Jack Halbrook, Mary Beth and Warren Lowdermilk, and Janice and Robert Williams; her infant brother, Eugene; and her life companion, Dorothy West. She is survived by her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many loving friends and neighbors, in particular, her wonderful neighbors, Martha and Ed Erickson. A celebration of Virginia's life will take place on a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts have been suggested to First United Methodist Church, 333 N. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601; or to the
. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 N. William St., is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.
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Published in South Bend Tribune on July 6, 2014