BLOOMINGTON — Virginia Stipp Dieckhoff, 95, of Bloomington, formerly Quincy, passed away peacefully at 2:47 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 13, 2014) at Martin Healthcare, Bloomington.
Virginia "Ginny" was born on April 18, 1918, in Quincy, the second child of Arthur and Clara Mertens Forrest. She married George "Jazz" Stipp on Nov. 7, 1939, at St. Peter’s Rectory, Quincy. He passed away April 16, 1969. She married John "Jack" Dieckhoff at St. Peter’s Church in Quincy on Oct. 8, 1976. He passed away on Aug. 25, 2009.
Virginia attended St. Peter’s grade school in Quincy and graduated from Notre Dame Girls Academy in 1936, also in Quincy.
Virginia and her husband, George Stipp, moved to Paris in 1952, and opened Stipp’s Family Shoe Store. Virginia was a vital part of the business in many aspects and after her husband’s death in 1969, she continued to operate it for several years.
After her move back to Quincy, she worked part time for Bergner’s Department Store for many years.
Virginia began playing contract bridge in high school and continued on to duplicate bridge, playing in three bridge groups for many years, finally stopping play at age 86.
Through the years Virginia was active in the Altar Society at St. Mary’s Church in Paris and St. Peter’s Church in Quincy. She volunteered at Blessing Hospital, Quincy, and was a member of the woman’s board. She was also a member of the Quincy City Club.
Virginia loved her role as a homemaker and was an excellent seamstress all of her life. She especially enjoyed telling stories about her family and Quincy.
Virginia was a loving and caring person to all her family and friends. She was very witty and humorous and left everyone with a smile. This continued until her final years. The light of her life was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her family would especially like to thank the staff at Martin Healthcare for the loving care they gave Virginia and the many comments of their delight of her smile and sense of humor. It is a wonderful feeling to know she had the best of care!
Survivors include two daughters, Ann (Bob) Dennison, Bloomington, and Mary (Joe) Tweedy, Miami, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Eric) Carlborg, San Diego, Calif.; Stephanie (Michael) Hagerty, Bloomington; Jennifer (Thomas) Laird, Northfield; Michael Tweedy and Elizabeth Tweedy, both of Miami, Fla.; John (Meybell) Stipp, Sunrise, Fla.; Carrie Stipp Gore, Paducah, Ky.; and Sarah Small, Minneapolis, Minn.; 14 great-grandchildren; four stepchildren, Dr. Jay (Karen) Dieckhoff, Quincy; Judy (Jim) Albus, Moro; Marijane (Dave) Castor, Oakley; and Terry (Pat) Dieckhoff, Crystal, Lake; 10 step grandchildren; and seven step great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who deeply loved their Aunt Ginny and especially enjoyed their visits at her home and theirs through the years.
In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, George Forrest Stipp; a daughter, Jonques Small Archibald; brothers, Dr. Russell Forrest and Donald Forrest; and sisters, Rosemary Forrest, Betty Van Blair and Mary Wojdan.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Church of St. Peter, Quincy. Interment will be in Woodland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer Association or Heart Association. Duker and Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.