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Virginia Dunne Ahrens

AGE: 84 • Kennett Square, PA

Virginia "Ginnie" Dunne Ahrens, age 84, of Crosslands, Kennett Square, PA passed away on Nov. 9, 2016.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Ginnie was the daughter of the late John P. Dunne and the late Helen Fitzpatrick Dunne. She graduated from Richmond Hill H.S., attended FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), B.S. and M.S. from Cornell University and PhD from University of MD.

Ginnie married Donald H. Ahrens in 1953. After his sudden unexpected death in 1960, Ginnie raised two children as a single mother and pursued her education.

In her professional career, Ginnie was a Leader, Asst. and Prof. at University of Delaware, Visiting Asst. Prof. at University of MD, Visiting Scientist at Ixchel Museum, Guatemala and Prof. of various courses from 1980 to 1997 in textile chemistry studies. She authored and/or co-author 13 published papers. Her professional associations include: American Chemical Society, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association of University Professors. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Omicron Nu, Sigma Xi and the World Who's Who of Women, 3rd ed. and the Maryland Fellowship.

Ginnie was an active member of Unitarian Fellowship of Newark, Newark Friends Meeting and Co-chair of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Crosslands Friends Worship Group. In 2010, Ginnie was awarded the Peacemaker Among Us Award of Pacem in Terris, a peace organization located in Wilmington.

She is survived by her husband, Conrad Trumbore of 24 years; her children, Wendy Haesemeyer and Donald Ahrens; step-children, Samuel Trumbore and Susan Trumbore; grandchildren, Christian Haesemeyer and Hallie Ahrens; step-grandchild, Andrew Trumbore and her sister, Marie Verge. She was predeceased by her sisters, Florence Dunne and Joan Tanguay.

A memorial service will be at 2PM on Dec. 28, 2016 at the WILLIAM PENN ROOM at CROSSLANDS, 1660 East Street Road, Kennett Square.

Memorial donations to: Pacem in Terris, 401 N. West Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801-2137.

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Published in The News Journal on Nov. 27, 2016
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