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.
She 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.