Virginia M. “Ginny” Gottke

November 17, 1930 ‒ June 08, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Virginia M. “Ginny” Gottke, 87, of Mount Vernon passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home. She was born on November 17, 1930 in Thatcher, WV to the late Lionel M. and Lillian V. (Juechter) Reed.

Ginny retired from the former F & R Lazarus and Company in Columbus, where she worked for many years as an Administrative Assistant.  She enjoyed gardening, collecting bird figurines, but most of all she loved spending time with kids. Ginny was a member of the Station Break, volunteered at Twin Oak Elementary School and she attended the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church.

Ginny is survived by her children, Wayne (Susan) Gottke of Mount Vernon, Ken (Diana) Gottke of Grove City, Rob (Joann) Gottke of Hilliard and Karen (Kevin) Moynihan of Los Altos, CA; grandchildren, Andy, Jeff, Joel, Justin, Wes, Lillian, Kenny, Jill, Matt, Thomas and Sara; 9 great grandchildren; brothers, Bob (Peggy) Reed of Jackson and Dave (Ginger) Reed of Hideaway Hills; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ginny was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Gottke; brother, Bill Reed; and sisters, Roberta Clouse and Florence Lytle Shea.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018    at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 with Deacon Tim Birie presiding.  A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Glen Rest Memorial Estate in Reynoldsburg. A prayer service will follow the evening visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ohio Eastern Star Home, 1451 Gambier Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050 or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 1379 Dublin Rd., Columbus, OH 43215 or Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this difficult time. Aunt Ginny was loved by so many and I feel blessed that we were able to spend time with her the last few visits she was able to make to Florida to visit mom and dad. I have many wonderful childhood memories with her and all my cousins that I will treasure. Deepest sympathy extended to all.

  • To all the Gottke family. My prayers and thoughts of all of you are in my heart at this time. Many years ago we would go to Columbus and be at family gatherings and it was such a treat. Columbus was closer than Bob’s and my home town Batavia; we really appreciated being included with her family. We did this many times for all sorts of holidays . Ginny and Bob came down to our home in Ohio for Weddings. We never forget you and our hope is to be able to see you soon.It sad .It is the end of an era of being a child for all of you When we loose our parents thins are never quite the same, Ginny was very special Love to all Pat Moynihan

  • Wayne and family

    Cindy and I offer our thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this time of loss.

  • To Karen and her brothers and their families.

    What a wonderful woman. I remember when you and I went to 1st year at OSU and I joked with your Mom about losing her daughter. Granted we were only 20 minutes away. Also our trip to Holden Beach right after “Jaws” came out. She noticed that my footprints were deeper than Karen’s She will be missed. Love to all of you!