Virginia C. "Ginny" Kiessling

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Virginia Claire "Ginny" Carpenter Kiessling, 60, of Woodbine, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster.

Born Jan. 30, 1952, in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Henry G. Carpenter and Doris C. Koontz Carpenter. She was the wife of Lee C. Kiessling, her husband of 35 years.

She was a kindergarten teacher for Liberty Christian School for almost 30 years. She was instrumental in helping to start the school and was the school's first administrator. She served in her church, Freedom Church, in the South Carroll community. She enjoyed the arts, especially music and literature, and the beach. She was active in the MD Emmaus Community. She liked to mentor young women and assist with marriage ministry.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are children Erin and husband Stephen Kerst, of Westminster, and Lauren and husband Justin Pauls, of Harrisburg, Pa.; brother Gordon Carpenter and wife Cathy, of York, Pa.; and grandchildren Collin and Cameron Kerst.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Liberty Presbyterian Church, 11303 Liberty Road, Owings Mills, with the Revs. Tim Houston, Doug Johnson and Russell Sukhia officiating.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Liberty Christian School, 11303 Liberty Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Oct. 9, 2012