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Virginia "Ginger" Wall

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Virginia "Ginger" Wall 1916 - 2009 WILLIAMSTOWN Ginger Wall, a long time resident of Williamstown, died peacefully on Thursday, March 19th at the age of 93. She was born in Adams on Feb. 29, 1916, to Rupert Burdett and Marjorie Wellington Daniels. She was predeceased by her four brothers, R. Wellington (known as Spike), Dixon, Rupert and Donald. In l940, she married Robert E. Wall of North Adams, whose family owned and operated Wall-Streeter Shoe Company for over 50 years. Ginger graduated from Skidmore College in l938, and Katherine Gibbs in New York City the following year. In later life, she completed a course of study through the Royal School of Needle Work, London, with a specialization in English crewel work for which she became well known. Ginger will be remembered for her prodigious energy and enthusiasm. She was an avid horsewoman, frequently seen riding on Williamstown's pastoral trails with her husband and children. A lifelong member of the Williamstown Garden Club, she maintained her own beautiful gardens and water lily pond. She also provided flowers for her church. As a member of the Junior League, she worked with the Women's Exchange. A college theater major, she designed costumes for local theater productions, a skill which she further honed as a member of the Berkshire Hills Sweet Adelines. She loved glitter, feather boas and stilletto heels. Music was a personal passion and Ginger was a sight to behold on a ballroom dance floor. Her favorite place in town was Phillips Hardware Store where she searched for gadgets for home repairs and lawn maintenance. She exuded a zest for life that was infectious and her antics were legendary. She was predeceased by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth, in 1951 and her beloved "Rob" in l992. She leaves her four loving daughters; Marjorie Wood (Mrs. Harold) of Latham, N.Y.; Nancy Thorne of Fairfield, Conn.; Patricia Wynkoop (Mrs. David) of Annapolis, Md.; and Virginia (Jinx) Van Steemburg (Mrs. Kurt) of Loudonville, N.Y. She also leaves 13 grandchildren who adored their "Gigi"; Michael, Karen and Tracy Patrice Wood; Duke, Greg and Brian Thorne; Sarah Thompson, Amy Lyttle, Susan Casper and Cathryn Wynkoop; Peter, Kristin and Skylar Van Steemburg. She also had four great-grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: A service in celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, March 24th, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church on Main Street, Williamstown. To share in the spirit of her abundant life, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Williamstown Food Pantry, % St. Patrick's Church, Southworth Street, Williamstown. The FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 21, 2009
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