Virginia R. “Gini” Swanger

August 27, 1934 ‒ April 23, 2018

Marion, Ohio

A “loving, strong, proud, devoted, faithful, supportive, resilient, giving, and sassy woman,” Virginia R. “Gini” Swanger, age 83, of Marion, was given her wings on Monday, April 23, 2018, with her loving family by her side.

On August 27, 1934, Virginia, better known as “Gini”, was born in Millertown, Ohio, the youngest of ten children of the late Charles H. and Alta M. (Palmer) Roberts.  Growing up she learned to be resilient, especially due to the loss of her father when she was only 2.  She persevered graduating from Corning High School in the class of 1952.

The day after graduation, Gini moved to Columbus, to be on her own and to work at the March of Dimes.  Shortly thereafter, a young gentleman and veteran of the Korean War who lived in her apartment complex, Donald E. Swanger, creatively won Gini’s heart.  They were married on August 10, 1958, at the Broad Street Christian Church, where they were members at the time. Together they shared over 53 wonderful years of marriage and lovingly raised five children.  Don preceded her in death on October 21, 2011.

In 1966, Gini, Don and their young family moved to Marion, Ohio, for his position with Glick’s Furniture Store.  She worked for a brief time at Folk’s Printing, until they had their second wave of children, and she stayed home to raise them.  Later, she worked at Sycon, and she finished her career with the Kable Fulfillment Company, where she worked until her retirement.

A woman of faith, Gini was an active member of the Epworth United Methodist Church, where she served on the missions committee and took pride in their Christmas Eve dinner.  Gini devoted her life to reading and studying the Bible, which she shared in many Bible study groups over the years.  She also was heavily involved with the PTA, helping head the organization at the Vernon Elementary School.

Sharing a love for sports with Don, Gini was a proud supporter of youth baseball and softball, helping her children’s and Don’s teams any way she could.  She also was a “scorekeeper extraordinaire,” always keeping score of every game.  No matter what was going on in life for Gini, her family always knew she would be there to cheer them on.  She was a ruthless euchre player, continuing to play with a local group of women until just a few years ago.

Always in search of a good deal, Gini loved trinket collecting, antiquing, and shopping.  She especially enjoyed collecting angels, and sharing her many “treasures” with her family.

Most important of all to Gini was her family, all of whom she deeply ingrained to value education.  One of her creative ways of pushing her children to be better was by always telling them: “none of my mother’s grandchildren are average.”  Gini was the perfect mix of tough, sweet, and sassy.  She had a great sense of humor and told the best stories.  Deeply devoted to the causes of her heart, anything Gini believed in, she would always go “all in,” giving her heart and soul for the betterment of the cause.

Left to cherish Gini’s memory are her five children: Scott (Victoria) Swanger of Forney, TX, Doug (Patty) Swanger of Hudson, WI, Kathy Swanger of Marion, Bob (Carmen) Swanger of Woodbury, MN, and Dr. Misty Swanger of Delaware; seven grandchildren: Cesar Gomez and Benjamin Swanger, Jennifer (Andrew) Lindstrom, Kristin (Andy) Turk, and Kyle Swanger, Jordan (Colton) Stanger, and Caity Swanger; two great-grandchildren: Cash and Crosby Lindstrom, and one on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Gini was preceded in death by all of her siblings: Charles and Kenny Roberts, Louise Luning, Vada Wayne, and Eileen Pfaff.

Gini’s family will greet friends from 4–7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services honoring her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, at Epworth United Methodist Church (address below) with Rev. David Hoffman officiating. Her family will again greet friends for the hour prior to her services. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.

In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, c/o Missions Fund, 249 E. Center St., Marion, OH 43302.

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  • The wonderful obituary perfectly captured the memories I have of Gini. I am very sorry for your family’s loss. At the same time, I am grateful I had the pleasure of knowing her and Don. They were a terrific couple whose children are a great legacy. My condolences to all of you.

  • Dear Misty,
    So sad to hear of your Mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family.
    Carol Gregory
    A friend from DCS

  • Dear Swanger Family,
    I send my heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Gini and I lived together prior to her meeting Don and after, until they got married. We had some wonderful times together that I will never forget. We were so fortunate to have met so many great friends in the four complex apartments. I still keep in contact with Gayle and Mary. The last time I saw Gini and Don were at their 50th celebration.
    May the light and the love of God’s Word comfort your aching hearts and may the warmth of family and friends soothe the pain of loss.
    With deepest Sympathy,
    Marcella (Marcie) Moore

  • Kathy, Misty and Family: So Sorry to her of your mom’s passing. We know how involved she was in your lives and in the activities of all her children. Always hard to part with a parent, but know that God warmly welcomed her into His kingdom of believers. Sadly we will not be able to attend her services as we are still in Florida, but we are certainly thinking of you and your family. Will see you soon to express our condolences in person, but know others are holding you close with their prayers. God Bless each of you. Bill & Sue Rudy

    With great condolences, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Gini and Don, from the “Bryden Road Apartment” days in Columbus, OH. The Owner wisely kept 2 of the 4 apartments occupied by women and the other two with men.
    I was in the 2nd men’s apartment with Tom and Don in the first one. We had many fun times, including Gini and her roommates’ apartment door being pasted over with newspapers from the outside. We had lots of bets, with looser apartment getting breakfast for the other. (Sometimes I wondered if there weren’t losses on purpose!)
    Tom (Don’s roommate) married Marcie; Don married Gini; and I married Mary who was Gini and Marcie’s roommate.
    As I said, lots of good times!
    Sincere Condolences,