Luetje, Virginia Ginny Mae (nee Goran) died peacefully at home on November 14, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Donald Lane Luetje of Kirkwood, MO; a son, Gregory (Lindsay) Glenn Luetje of Bryant Pond, ME; a daughter Linda (Willie) Elaine Luetje-Nelson of St. Clair, MO; two grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and a sister Rebecca (Steve) Cook of St. Charles, MO. Ginny was born on 9/24/1940 at home in Wellsville, MO to Virgil and Dorothy Goran. She graduated from Vandalia (MO) high school in 1958. In 1961 Ginny graduated from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing. In 1965 and 1967 she received her BS and MS in Nursing. She taught mental health nursing at Barnes Hospital, Lutheran Hospital and St. Louis Municipal Schools of Nursing. She was an Assistant Professor of Nursing at St. Louis University and Maryville University. In June of 1997 she was appointed Chancellor at the Deaconess College of Nursing until her retirement in September of 2002. Her proudest achievement was the formation of the Stl Bandjos Youth Banjo Band. The group has appeared locally and at national banjo conventions. In May 2012, Banjo Ginny was honored at the National Banjo Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Oklahoma City, OK for her devotion to the preservation and promotion of the banjo in America. Services: Memorial visitation Sat., Nov. 17, 10am - 1p.m. immediately followed by memorial service at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester, Kirkwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: St Louis Senior Dog Project, 7488 Rivermont Trail, House Springs, MO 63051. www.boppchapel.com
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Nov. 16 to Nov. 21, 2012