VIRGINIA R. KNETSCH(1917 - 2013)

DeKALB - Virginia "Ginny" Knetsch, 95, of DeKalb, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at home.

She was born Dec. 22, 1917, in Compton, Ill., and was the daughter of Clifford and Ruth (Blatzberg) Ogilvie. She attended Mendota High School and the University of Illinois Beauty School in Bloomington and later owned her own beauty salon in Compton.

Ginny used to tell of the day when her salon charge for a ladies permanent wave, hair color, style and cut was only a quarter. After an eight-year long distance courtship, she was united in marriage to Stanley Knetsch in 1943. Ginny became a licensed Realtor and enjoyed selling real estate for the William F. Minnihan Agency in DeKalb.

She created many wonderful memories when the family spent time at their lakeside cabin. Ginny and Stan enjoyed their winters in Ft. Myers, Fla., where they golfed, fished and socialized with friends. Virginia loved cooking for her family and friends, neighborhood parties, NIU football games, the DeKalb City band concerts and playing bridge with her special card groups.

Some of her favorite times were impromptu sessions where she would play the piano and friends would sing along. Ginny was a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of Kishwaukee Hospital and for many years volunteered in the hospital gift shop and making floral arrangements for their "Potpourri" holiday sales. She attended the First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb and made many good friends there.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Ruth; her husband, Stanley Wells Knetsch; and two brothers, Norman and George Ogilvie.

She is survived by one son, Stanley Bruce Knetsch; a daughter, Tana (James Dionisopoulos) Knetsch; grandson, Matthew (Amanda) Dionisopoulos; granddaughters, Christy (Dan) Haug and Lindie (Brian) Baumann; and great-grandsons, Zachary, Ian, Kellen and Casin. In addition, Ginny is survived by several nieces and nephews.

In her final year, Ginny was blessed to have a very special caregiver, Elizabeth Wozny, who became her wonderful friend and a part of her family. Ginny will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb, with Pastor Joseph Gastiger officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the service Monday at the church.

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Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb.

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Published in Daily Chronicle on July 29, 2013