Banta, Virginia J.
Virginia ("Jinny") Jensen Banta, born in Chicago, Illinois on August 29, 1922 to Leif Jensen and Agnes Hansen Jensen. She died of natural causes on April 8, 2014. Jinny grew up in an extended Norwegian family in the Chicago area with her older brother Robert (d. 1963) and younger sister, Muriel. She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and attended Lawrence University where she became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In December 1943, she married George Banta III in Fayetteville, NC and in 1946 at the end of World War II began her life in Menasha.
In addition to raising three children, Jinny was active in many philanthropic organizations. Among them, she was on the boards of Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae group in Appleton; the Emergency Society of Neenah and the Visiting Nurse Association of Neenah. She met with friends among members of Tuesday Club and Over the Teacups; and she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Neenah for over 60 years. To know her was to know that she loved to travel; she had a kind and loving heart; and she had an unexpected wit for so unassuming a woman.
Survivors include her sister: Muriel Patterson (Indianapolis). Her children: Bob (Lisa - Boulder), David (Elaine - Omro) and Ginger (Stamford, CT). Her grandchildren: Kristin (Oshkosh), Jared (Los Angeles), Luke (Boulder) and Emily (Omro). Her great grandchildren: Nicole and Matthew (Oshkosh).
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, April 11, 2014 in the chapel at the First Presbyterian Church, 200 Church St., Neenah. The Rev. Richard J. Moore will officiate.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thank you to the VNA caregivers, who so lovingly cared for our sister, mother and grandmother for the last few years. Memorials to Valley VNA, 1535 Lyon Drive, Neenah, WI 54956.
Westgor Funeral Home
205 W. Doty Ave.