Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Virginia M. ‘Ginny’ Kroeter

Mrs. Virginia M. ‘Ginny’ Kroeter, age 92, formerly of 1022 Catherine Drive, died on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 12:05 am in Good Samaritan Home.

Ginny Kroeter | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, IllinoisShe was born on May 13, 1926 in Dallas, Texas, a daughter of Rev. Carl H. and Ida M. Ruedy Napier. She married Herbert J. Kroeter on May 13, 1950 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in St. Louis. He preceded her in death on Feb 20, 2002.

She graduated as an RN from Lutheran Hospital in St. Louis, MO in February of 1947 and worked there in the operating room for four years. In Quincy she held various positions: nursing home head nurse; doctor’s office assistant; and home and hospital private duty, ending with 16 ½ years in the operating room at St. Mary’s Hospital. Different sales opportunities provided much success and enjoyment, as did writing and self-publishing, ventures in which stories about Quincy and Quincyans were prominently featured.

Ginny was an immediate volunteer with fund drives: the initial Meals on Wheels program; Library Homebound Delivery; the American Red Cross Disaster Team; and the Illinois Veterans’ Home where she drove a tractor giving rides to residents, ran Bingo games and special parties at the infirmaries, and participated in a Wii Bowling group where she bowled a few perfect games. She recruited many friends to help with her many projects.

A member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, her activities there included: the Altar Guild; Lutheran Women’s Missionary League; Cub Scouts; teen Bible class; and bell choir and senior choir. She sponsored Medical Missions Group, Lutheran Bible Translators, and the Orphan Grain Train.

Survivors include three sons: Steve Kroeter of Brooklyn, NY, Craig (Joan) Kroeter of Quincy, and Cliff (Lori) Kroeter of Chicago; a daughter: Karen (Matt) Kroeter Briers of St. Louis, MO; four grandchildren: Chloe (Jamie) Kroeter Ward of London, England, Brian (Allison) of Vernon Hills, IL, Katelyn of Quincy, and Jessica of St. Louis, MO; one great grandchild: Lucas Kroeter of Vernon Hills, IL; a cousin: Joyce Webster of Stanton, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Herbert, she was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Thelma Napier, her brother, Rev. Carl H. Napier, and her nephew Rev. Paul Napier.

Services: 9:30 am on Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with the Rev. Marlin Rempfer officiating

Visitation: 8:30 am to 9:30 am on Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Burial: Sunset Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Memorials: Good Samaritan Home, Meals on Wheels, Quincy Public Library Homebound Service or St. James Lutheran Church and School

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. Dear Kroeber family, What a wonderful legacy you inherit! We are glad to have known your mother and experience working with her in interest of education. We send our sympathy and best wishes.

  2. Ginny is the reason I attended Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. I am very grateful for her encouragement and support. She also would visit my Mom and help her get to church. I don’t believe she knew a stranger! Prayers for peace and comfort to the family. I know she will be missed.

  3. I had the privilege of knowing Ginny my entire life, and I greatly admired and loved her. I have such fond memories—it’s hard to name all of them! Our families spent 4th of July up on the sandbar on the river, had wonderful vacations in the Ozarks (Ginny taught me to water ski!), toasted the New Year, and shared many laughs when “the gang” would get together. Ginny was one of the most caring, positive, and energetic people I have known. Even though I am in Boston and have not seen her recently, I will miss her.

  4. To family: Aunt Ginnie was amazing – strong of body and mind, and even stronger of will for most of her life. Though we shall miss her, we give thanks for her life and love which we still feel from her lifelong example. We rejoice that she is now reunited in Heaven with Loved Ones who have gone before, and in the knowledge that we too shall see her again in the fullness of God’s time. She led a truly blessed life – and in turn she was a blessing to us and to so many others by her life and love and work. Rest Well in God’s Love and Peace Aunt Ginnie.

  5. I was lucky to have met Ginny, through her son, Cliff and daughter-in-law, Lori, I loved hearing about her latest adventure. For example, did you know she rode a horse (well into her eighties)? or went by herself on a riverboat cruise? It was hard to remember her actual chronological age!Ginny was such a friendly person, she never knew a stranger.
    She lives on through her wonderful children

  6. Ginny welcomed me to Quincy when Carl (buster) Sonntag and I moved there. Since moving back to St. Louis I had several phone conversations with her. She was so sweet and I will miss her greatly.

  7. So many fond memories while teaching at St. James. We became good friends. She always had a smile and was so dedicated to the school.

  8. So sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you have be with you always.

  9. There was no one else like Ginny. When it came to getting things done, she was the Energizer Bunny: tackling writing projects, charity projects and church events. Always busy. Always enthusiastic. And she produced the most astonishingly thoughtful and kind children. Every one of her four kids are fine human beings. I’ve been lucky to be an adjunct part of this family, and you all are in my heart today and every day. I’m so glad I was able to be a part of her 90th Birthday, and that Chloe and Jamie could be there to see her when she was still so active and vivacious. Ginny will live on and on in all our hearts. xoxo

  10. To the Kroeter family: our hearts go out to you all. Prayers for peace. We all loved your mom as she touched so many lives. Remember her well! My Mom (Etta Kremer) always enjoyed doing things with Ginny at church and outside as well. Blessings to all knowing she is with her savior.

  11. Ginny was a wonderful volunteer at the Illinois Veterans Home. She always loved a challenge and when we were looking for a volunteer to drive our tractor/trolley she said if a man can do it so can I!! And she did!! What a joy she was. Ginny…keep ’em in line up in heaven and I look forward to seeing you again.

  12. Ginny was an inspiration to many, now enjoying her heavenly rewards!
    Sue Schaefer Sorensen

  13. Sorry to hear of Ginny’s passing. Enjoyed working with her at church. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  14. To Ginny’s family and friends: she was a wonderful and active lady and always had something to say. Fun to be around. We’re all lucky to have known her. You’re all in my thoughts.

  15. To family: I have known Ginny for years. We played cards together for a long lime and had so much fun. Her love of travel was always a joy. I also have some of the books she wrote and bought many turkey supper tickets. I am sorry, but I will miss the visitation and service. She will be missed.

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