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Virginia Gress

Virginia Tresolini Gress
Virginia Krohn Tresolini Gress, 90, died Monday, October 7, 2013, at Saucon Valley Manor in Hellertown. A recent resident of Springfield Township and Bethlehem, Ginnie was born in Amityville, NY, on January 18, 1923, to the late Charles E. and Frances L. Krohn. She was predeceased by first husband Rocco J. Tresolini in 1967, second husband Francis A. Gress in 2006, sons John R. Tresolini in 1947 and Roger L. Tresolini in 2009, brother Charles Krohn in 2002 and sister Muriel K. Nelson in 2005. After graduating from Amityville Memorial High School in 1940, Ginnie attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. She was proud to have worked for the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation during World War II while her husband, a US Army officer whom she met at Hartwick, served in Europe. She settled in Springfield Township when Rocco was hired as a professor at Lehigh University in 1949. Ginnie later returned to school and graduated from Moravian College in 1967, then earned a masters degree in education at Lehigh University in 1973. She taught in the Palisades School District, at the Centennial School of Lehigh University and Frenchtown (N.J.) Elementary School. Throughout her life, Ginnies trademark courtesy, creativity, curiosity, kindness and positive nature shone through. She saw the good in everyone and coaxed the green from every plant. That caring spirit was evident through her volunteer efforts. She worked with Vietnamese refugee families sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem to help them develop life and language skills in their transition to the U.S. The Northampton County Prison was then the recipient of Ginnies helpful nature, as she performed literacy work with inmates. In the early 1980s, she was a founder of the Trinity Soup Kitchen, which continues to serve meals to 150 people daily. Ginnie was a devoted member of Trinity and sang in the choir. An avid explorer who felt there was no better education than travel, Ginnie enjoyed several trips to Europe, another to South Africa, and toured the United States with husband Frank in their Airstream, seeing sights and creating new friendships. Survivors: Ginnie will be lovingly remembered and her example followed by daughter, Carol P. Tresolini (Thomas Fiore) of Durham, NC; sons, Kevin (Fiona) of Newark, DE, and Justin of Fountain Hill; step-daughter, Carol Bauer (Sebastian) of Wettingen, Switzerland; stepsons, Francis M. Gress (Lori) of Kaneohe, HI, and Jesse Gress (Mary Lou) of Woodstock, NY; grandchildren, Hans Tresolini, Andrew Fiore, Julia Fiore, Jenna Tresolini, Dustin Tresolini, Tara Tresolini, Ariane Bauer, Francis Gress, Bettina Bauer, Kimberly Gress and Carol Gress; and great-grandchildren, Jack Tresolini, Christina Tresolini Stezar, Alejandro Tresolini, Rocco Tresolini and Francis Kwang Lee Gress. Services: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 East Market St., Bethlehem. A reception will follow in the church hall. Contributions: Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Soup Kitchen, 44 East Market St., Bethlehem, PA, 18018. www.trinitybeth.org, info@trinitybeth.org.

Published in Morning Call on Oct. 10, 2013
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