SACRAMENTO, CALIF. -- Virginia Van Dootingh O'Guin died peacefully in Sacramento, California, on December 15, 2012, of cancer. She was 82.
"Ginnie" was born May 6, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in rural Norwalk, Ohio. She was valedictorian of her Townsend High School graduating class of 1948. She moved with her husband Ed O'Guin to California in 1953, where they raised their son, Steven, and where Ginnie helped Ed in the drapery business. Twenty years later Ginnie and Ed returned to Norwalk, where they continued to work in the drapery business and were active in the VFW. They later moved briefly to Pensacola, Florida and then relocated near Sacramento, California.
Ginnie and Ed celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1999. Following Ed's death in 2001, Ginnie returned to Norwalk to enjoy the small town life she preferred and to live near her family and her many treasured friendships. In early 2009, after being diagnosed with cancer, Ginnie returned to California to make her home with her son and his wife in Sacramento.
Ginnie will long be remembered and appreciated for her loving good nature, her delightful sense of humor, and the many pies and holiday cookies that she baked to share with others.
Ginnie is preceded in death by her husband Edward O'Guin and her sisters June Meinen and Betty Elder. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law John and Pat Van Dootingh of Sandusky; her brother and sister-in-law George and Patsy Van Dootingh of Norwalk; her son Steven O'Guin and wife Peggy of Sacramento; her son and daughter by marriage, Roger O'Guin of Sacramento and Vivian O'Guin of St. Louis; and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and cherished friends.
At her request, there will be no formal funeral service. Ginnie cherished the idea of those who loved her celebrating her life in the manner of their choice.