Virginia “Ginger” Skatzes

October 18, 1929 ‒ December 09, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Virginia “Ginger” L. Skatzes died Sunday, December 9, at Riverside Hospital of old age and a hip fracture from two weeks earlier. She was 89 years old.

Ginger was born on October 18, 1929 to the late Clare and Carl Skatzes of Delaware, the ninth of ten children. She was a lifelong Delaware resident, living at only two addresses in town before moving into assisted living in July 2017. Ginger graduated from Willis High School in 1947.

Ginger worked only two jobs her entire life: a very brief time at the candy counter of the Strand Theatre then for 48 years at Ranco Controls, then newly opened in Delaware.

Ginger belonged to only two churches in her life: St. Mark’s Lutheran in Delaware and All Shepherds Lutheran in Lewis Center. She was active in her church, singing in the choir when younger and serving on church committees when older. Ginger volunteered many years delivering Meals on Wheels. She bowled in leagues for decades at Colony Lanes. She loved attending concerts by the Central Ohio Symphony, she loved to travel, and she loved to eat. Having never learned to drive, Ginger walked everywhere and was a well-known sight on the streets of her hometown.

Ginger never married. She had numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She is survived by many of them, as well as by her sister, Shirley (Marvin) Nelson. She was especially close to her niece April Nelson (Warren Hyer). Her parents, seven brothers, and an older sister predeceased her.

Family and friends may come together from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the Andrews House, 39 W. Winter Street, Delaware, to share stories. In her memory, there will be desserts. Graveside services will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:30 am at Green Mound Cemetery in Kilbourne with Pastor Craig Richter of All Shepherds officiating.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in Ginger’s name to the Central Ohio Symphony, P.O. Box 619, Delaware, OH 43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is assisting the family.

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  • Oh my sweet dear friend Ginger,you will be forever in my heart. I am so glad I was able to visit with you this summer and fall. We had a great time together. We always had a good time going to church together,working the pumpkin patch,going to lunch. Adopting each other as Mom and daughter. I will miss you so much but I know you are so much happier now.

  • Ginger was a big part of our neighborhood growing up and a friend to all the neighbor kids. Many fond memories of Ginger and her soft spoken words. Thoughts are with the family during this time.

  • Ginger was always a lively, bright presence at All Shepherds, a “founding member” of ASLC in 1988 and faithful, vital worshiper and volunteer. She had a wonderful sense of humor and quiet but dependable participation . I was privileged to be her pastor for those first few years and then fellow congregant the last few years. Ginger was always a joy to be with and I know she missed not being able to fully worship and participate the last year. We commend her to God’s loving care, in whose hands she has been loved all her life.

  • I will miss Ginger’s ready smile and friendly demeanor. She has been a friend and fellow member at All Shepherds for so many years and usually she was one of the first people to greet me there. Rest in peace my friend.

  • To the family and friends of Ginger, you have our deepest sympathy and condolences.
    Prayers for you all,
    John, Bonnie and Sara Ross
    (members of All Shepherds)

  • Dear April and Family,
    We loved visiting with Ginger every Sunday and missed her greatly when she could no longer get to church. Our healing thoughts go out to you. She loved you and you took good care of her. She will always be a part of our special memories. Cheryl and Jim Tucker

  • Ginger was one of my favorites. I always called her my girl friend. She was just a wonderful person with a great sense of humor. She will never leave my memory as the great, wonderful person she was. God has gained a tremendous Christion addition to His kingdom.