Virginia M. Brainerd
1952 - 2020
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Virginia M. Brainerd

Born: October 19, 1952; Milwaukee

Died: July 24, 2020; Sterling

STERLING – Virginia Mary Brainerd, 67 of Sterling, died Friday, July 24, 2020 at residence at Heritage Woods of Sterling.

Ginny was born October 19, 1952 in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of Joseph D. and Ramona (Ostrander) Bittorf. She attended St. Mary School and Newman Central High School in Sterling, and graduated from Northern Illinois University. Ginny had been a school teacher having taught first at Grand Detour and later, other schools in the area as well as substitute teaching. Her family was of utmost importance to Ginny and found great enjoyment in holding on to the family heritage.

Survivors include her daughter, Courtney (Mike) Janssen; her son, Benjamin Brainerd; her brother, Joseph L. Bittorf; her sisters, Chris Bittorf and Betsy (David) Foy; her three grandchildren, Andrew Kobbeman, Jacob Janssen and Thomas Janssen; and her special friend, Greg.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Riley Brainerd.

Face masks and social distancing requirements will be enforced for a public visitation to allow 50 persons at a time on Thursday July 30, 2020 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. Followed by graveside services at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon, with the Reverend Richard R. Kramer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.


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Published in Sauk Valley News on Jul. 28, 2020.
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August 6, 2020
So sorry to hear of Ginny's passing. My sincere condolences to family and friends. There will never be another Ginny. I'll never forget her. May she Rest In Peace. She is in my prayers.
Peter Milcarek
Friend
August 5, 2020
I am so sorry to read this....Blessings to her kids and brother Joe....Jinny is well remembered from StMarys and NHS...hugs to all!
Kathy Sleeper
Friend
August 3, 2020
Thank you for loving me. I really felt it. Missing you down here so much already. Please get your rest. Love you always!
Travis Lane
Family
July 30, 2020
I am sorry for your loss.My prayers are with your family and friends.I will remember you Ginny for your passion and friendship. God Bless your family is my prayer
Maggie Newman
Friend
July 30, 2020
So very sorry to learn of Ginny's passing. My most sincere condolences to her family.
Brenda Reynolds
Acquaintance
July 30, 2020
So very sorry to learn of Ginny's passing. My most sincere condolences to her family.
Brenda K Reynolds
July 30, 2020
So very sorry to learn of Ginny's passing. My most sincere condolences to her family.
Brenda K Reynolds
July 29, 2020
With great sorrow I express my condolences to the family.
Larry Villa
Classmate
July 28, 2020
Ginny, I believe you were my oldest cousin on my dads side. It's so hard to say goodbye... I pray that you're at peace in heaven. The only memory I can think of right now is when I graduated from high school many many yrs ago.. I came to visit grandma and little Courtney was maybe two weeks old, I remember holding her and I knew at age 17, that i couldn't wait to be a mom. Love you and all your family. Rest in Pearce until we all meet you in Heaven. Love, Lisa (your cousin)
Lisa Ott (Ostrander)
Family
July 28, 2020
Ginny was a special person, who loved her family. She will be rejoicing with those already in heaven.
Patrick McCabe
Family
July 27, 2020
Sincere condolences to all of Ginny's family.
Warmest thoughts and prayers For Ginny.
Patty Clark (McDonnell)
Classmate
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