Virginia Ann Lindquist, age 73, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 11, 2012 after a long ordeal with cancer. Born June 9, 1939 in Hartford, Connecticut, Ginny grew up following the transfers involved with her father's career with the federal government, moving from the East Coast to Southern California, and including a two year stop overseas in Canberra, Australia. The family settled in Santa Rosa in 1954. During her early years, Ginny developed a love and passion for ballet dancing. Her ballet skills blossomed as she studied with Mila Kronadov in Canberra and as a young teenager under the direction of the Montez & Valanya Studio in Hollywood. Ginny graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1956. During her time at SRHS, she was very involved in school activities as a song leader, and she continued her study of ballet at the San Francisco Opera Ballet School and locally with Mrs. Emily Stubbs. She became a gifted dancer and performed as a soloist during her senior year of high school, with the ambition of pursuing a career in ballet. Tragically, those ambitions of our "White Swan" were not to be. Shortly after her graduation from Santa Rosa High School, Ginny was stricken with late teen onset schizophrenia. Following several hospitalizations, she was fortunate to be able to live independently as a result of the development of new medications as well as the love and support of her family, particularly her mother Freda. Ginny always had a strong desire to be useful and to help others. She donated thousands of hours as a volunteer office worker and countless hand-crocheted baby blankets over the years, even after her physical health declined and she needed to remain at home. She never stopped wanting to be of service and give to others and did so until her final hospitalization which began last July. Ginny was preceded in death by her parents, Freda & Ted C. Lindquist, Sr. She is survived by her sister, Alice Lindquist Crouch & Reverend Dr. Arthur E. Crouch, her brother, Ted C. Lindquist, Jr., and numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at Church of the Roses, 2400 Patio Court in Santa Rosa on Saturday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, 2012