Virginia Stipp Dieckhoff, 95, of Bloomington, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully at 2:47 a.m. on Feb. 13, 2014, in Martin Healthcare, Bloomington.
Virginia "Ginny" was born on April 18, 1918, in Quincy, the second child of Arthur and Clara Mertens Forrest.
She married George "Jazz" Stipp on Nov. 7, 1939, in St. Peter's Rectory, Quincy. He died April 16, 1969. She married John "Jack" Dieckhoff in St. Peter's Church in Quincy on Oct. 8, 1976. He died Aug. 25, 2009.
Virginia attended St. Peter's grade school in Quincy, and graduated from Notre Dame Girls Academy in 1936, Quincy. Virginia and her husband George Stipp moved to Paris, Ill., in 1952 and opened Stipp's Family Shoe Store. Virginia was a vital part of the business in many aspects and after her husband's death in 1969 she continued to operate it for several years. After her move back to Quincy she worked part-time for Bergner's Department Store for many years.
Virginia began playing contract bridge in high school and continued on to duplicate bridge playing in three bridge groups for many years, finally stopping play at age 86.
Through the years Virginia was active in the Altar Society at St. Mary's Church in Paris and at St. Peter's Church in Quincy. She volunteered at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, and was a member of the woman's board. She was also a member of the Quincy City Club. Virginia loved her role as a homemaker and was an excellent seamstress all of her life. She especially enjoyed telling stories about her family and Quincy.
Virginia was a loving and caring person to all her family and friends. She was very witty and humorous and left everyone with a smile. This continued until her final years. The light of her life was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family would especially like to thank the staff at Martin Healthcare for the loving care they gave to Virginia and the many comments of their delight of her smile and sense of humor. It is a wonderful feeling to know she had the best of care.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Dennison and her husband Bob of Bloomington, and Mary Tweedy and her husband Joe of Miami, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Eric) Carlborg of San Diego, Calif. , Stephanie (Michael) Hagerty of Bloomington, Jennifer (Thomas) Laird of Northfield, Michael Tweedy and Elizabeth Tweedy of Miami, John (Meybell) Stipp of Sunrise, Fla., Carrie Stipp Gore of Paducah, Ky. and Sarah Small of Minneapolis, Minn.; 14 great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Dr. Jay Dieckhoff and his wife Karen of Quincy, Judy Albus and her husband Jim of Moro, Marijane Castor and her husband Dave of Oakley, and Terry Dieckhoff and his wife Pat of Crystal, Lake; 10 stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.
She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who deeply loved their "Aunt Ginny" and especially enjoyed their visits in her home and theirs through the years.
In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, George Forrest Stipp; a daughter, Jonques Small Archibald; brothers Dr. Russell Forrest and Donald Forrest; and sisters Rosemary Forrest, Betty Van Blair, and Mary Wojdan.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday in Church of St. Peter, Quincy. Interment will be in Woodland Cemetery.
VISITATION: 10-11 a.m. Saturday before services in the church.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.