BLOOMINGTON — Virginia May “Ginny” Beck Clarahan, 87, of Bloomington, passed away Sunday (July 14, 2019) at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
Virginia's celebration of life service will be Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, Normal, with 10 a.m. visitation and 11 a.m. service, followed by a noon luncheon. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
Virginia was born April 2, 1932, in Belle Plaine, Iowa, and was the daughter of Burdette A. and Jennie Koch Beck. She married Donald A. Clarahan of Oak Park on Oct. 6, 1956, in Belle Plaine, Iowa.
Virginia is survived by her children, Daniel A. (Karla Lee) Clarahan, Greenleaf, Wis.; James D. Clarahan, Peoria; and Mary Jane Clarahan Doyle, Bloomington. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Whitney and Taylor Lee-Clarahan; Seth, Payton and Bailey Clarahan; and Devin, Austin and Hilary Doyle; three great-grandchildren, Duke Stewart, Drayson Stewart and Liam Doyle; a sister, Lillian (Louis) Winslow, Belle Plaine, Iowa; and a brother, Donald Beck, Hedrick, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.
Virginia graduated from Belle Plaine High School class in 1950 and received her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College. She was an elementary school teacher in Cherokee, Wilton Junction and Davenport, Iowa, and in Port Washington and Saukville, Wis. In 1974, she started working at St. Joseph's Hospital and eventually retired as the assistant director of human resources in 1995.
Virginia will be most remembered as a caring and passionate lifelong “organizer” of people and activities. She was active in many church and community organizations in Port Washington, Wis., and was the founder and first board president of Port Preschool Inc., a cooperative preschool. She and her husband Don were recognized for their contributions to the community by the Port Washington City Council when they moved to Bloomington in 1972.
During her retirement years she participated in and organized many church activities at First Presbyterian Church. Among other things, she became “the bread lady” and for several years took it upon herself to collect day-old bakery products from local stores and then deliver those products to local shelters. She also enjoyed traveling, but more than anything she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. The family thanks all of those at Beck Memorial Home and First Presbyterian Church who helped make arrangements for the family's celebration of Ginny.