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Virginia A. "Ginny" Emmons

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Virginia A. "Ginny" Emmons Notice
Emmons, Virginia A. "Ginny" A Greendale Original, Virginia "Ginny" Ann (Nelson) Emmons, 76, was one of the first babies born in the Village of Greendale a town established in 1937 as part of Roosevelt's New Deal. Virginia, was born Oct. 4th, 1938 to a Kussfeld, Germany native who immigrated to Milwaukee's Port of Milwaukee, Jone's Island, Lucille Ann Dambeck (nee Teofila Dembek), and an orphaned Army veteran, Hans Thorval Nelson born, St.Paul, MN, an electrical engineer at Allen Bradley, who passed away just a few days before Virginia's high school graduation. Hans and Lucille were given the opportunity to become the first residents of one of the nation's first planned communities when they were expecting Virginia who would live nearly every year of her life in the village, attending the only school in Greendale at the time, that serves as the present middle school, but was once the community center and chapel for Sunday services. When St. Alphonsus opened, Virginia's family were among the first parishioners, where she would attend school, receive her first communion, confirmation and then later marry Alvin William Emmons (m. 1958), her Pius High School sweetheart. When Alvin & Virginia had a few small children they moved back to Greendale to reside in the very home where Virginia was born. Over the next 56 years of their marriage they grew their family to 8 surviving children, 15 grandchildren, and two deceased children, William Alvin (d. 1960) and Virginia Ann (d. 1967) who are finally with their mother now in heaven. A brilliant mind, a lover of books, information, and travel, Virginia read the newspaper every day, traveled to over 25 countries, was the valedictorian of Pius High School Class of 1956, and was the family encyclopedia. After high school graduation she attended Marquette on scholarship, but postponed her degree to become a wife and mother. After her youngest children were school aged, Virginia returned to Marquette University and completed her BS in Medical Laboratory Technology (1986), and then received her Masters in Microbiology & Immunology from the Chicago Medical College (1991), and retired from the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Virginia was a quiet, humble, loving and strong willed role model for her children, who have all graduated from college, and sought masters, law, and medical degrees. She was also an active community member, serving as a Greendale Village Trustee, writing for local newspapers; The Village Life and The Greendale Originals Neighborhood Association, and was an active leader in the Greendale Pioneers, The Greendale Historical Society, and as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and acting deacon at South Point and Heritage Nursing Homes for Sunday services. Our dear mother, grandmother, wife, sister, friend, and inspiration of strength and was a survivor to cancer, two strokes, and 10 child births, but on February 21, 2015, she was reunited with her parents, two children and many many loved ones, and is survived by her husband Alvin, sister Myra Nelson and children Alvin Jr. (Bingo), Roy, Lucy Spoerk, Melanie Damian, Melissa McCarthy, Mary Dhanji, Daniel and Virginia Jr. (McNaught), 15 grandchildren and sons and daughter-in-laws, and countless friends and community members whom she loved. Visitation will be held at St. Alphonsus Parish, 6060 West Loomis Road, Greendale on Fri., Feb. 27 from 3-5 PM with a funeral Mass 5:30 PM, and reception to follow. Interment service will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Saturday 10:00 AM. If desired, memorials may be sent to the Greendale Historical Society, 5650 Parking Street, Greendale, WI 53129, for the restoration of the village statue, that Virginia once ran into with her tricycle and was convinced she made it crack. Flowers may be sent to St. Alphonsus, 6060 W. Loomis Rd., Greendale, WI 53129

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Feb. 26, 2015
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