Virginia Lee Katnich joined her husband and parents in eternal peace August 1, 2013. Virginia was the only child born to Charles and Florence Haddad, July 22, 1931 in Columbus, NE. Her family and friends called her Jini, and after becoming a grandmother those that loved her referred to her simply as Nomi. Virginia was a vision of beauty and grace and will forever remain that way in our memories.
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Virginia grew up in Columbus, Beatrice and Scottsbluff, NE where she graduated from Scottsbluff High School. She was involved in numerous school activities and was on the cheerleading squad. She remained close to many of her high school friends and returned to Scottsbluff on several occasions for her school reunions. The story is told that a young elementary school teacher saw Virginia's senior picture in the local photography studio and proclaimed he would marry that girl. Virginia's father was a strict parent, but softened to the request of Wally's desire to become Virginia's husband. One June 8, 1950 Walter J. Katnich and Virginia L. Haddad were married and moved to Portland, OR that very same day. Virginia worked for a short time at Lewis and Clark College before giving birth to their first daughter, Randi.
In the summer of 1953, Wally, Jini and Randi traveled to Stockton where they made their home and where their second daughter, Gena was born. In 1958 the family moved to Lodi the place Wally and Jini lived out their days together making lifelong friends. Virginia was the epitome of the word mother. Her girls had someone to come home to every day after school where they would find homemade cookies, delicious dinners and most importantly a safe, loving environment in which to grow up in. She was a fabulous seamstress and looked fantastic in everything she made. She passed along many of her skills to those around her.
Virginia was a marvelous bridge player and played in several bridge clubs, one lasting for over fifty years. She was a past member of the Marc Club and the Woodbridge Golf and Country Club where she golfed with the 49er group. Virginia was an active parishioner of St. Anne's Catholic Church where she sang in the choir and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She enjoyed gardening where she grew beautiful roses. Always having a good book to read and doing her daily crossword puzzles were her simple pleasures. Her greatest joy was caring for her grandchildren.
Virginia will be truly missed by all who knew her but no greater than by her family. Those she leaves behind to carry on her legacy are her daughters Randi (Perry) Schimke, Gena (Jim) Brentt, grandchildren Bryan (Kelly) Schimke, Anne Mackey, Joseph Cannon, and great-grandchildren Mia Mackey, Ian Mackey and Luke Schimke all of Lodi, her dear cousins she considered her siblings Donald (Karen) Buxton, Robert (Barbara) Alpers and Lois Smith, her sisters-in-law Pauline Mack and Jean (Bruno) Mikrut, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years Walter J. Katnich, and her parents Charles and Florence Haddad. Virginia was a remarkably generous and loving person and we are forever blessed to have known and been loved by her. Please remember her with simple acts of kindness. If you wish to make a charitable contribution in Virginia's name you may do so by donating to The
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Visitation is from 4:00pm to 8:00pm Thursday, August 8, 2013 with the recitation of the Catholic Rosary at 7:00 that evening at Cherokee Memorial Funeral, 831 Industrial Way, Lodi, CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am Friday, August 9, 2013 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 215 W Walnut Street, Lodi, CA. Her final resting place is Lodi Memorial Cemetery, 5750 E Pine Street, Lodi, CA. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cherokeememorial.com.
Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home
831 Industrial Way Lodi, CA 95241
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Aug. 6 to Aug. 13, 2013