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Virginia Lee Wintemute

March 13, 1942 - November 12, 2021

We request all of Ginger’s friends, family and those impacted by her dedication to helping others, to join us in celebrating her beautiful life at the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church from 2-4pm on Dec. 20, 2021.

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To Ginger’s family-I met Ginger when she and Tom were the youth group sponsors at Aldersgate UMC in East Brunswick, NJ. I went to DWU and it was so nice to have someone I knew from NJ to have visits with and ease some of my homesickness. Ginger was such a sweet and loving person and always so welcoming to Bruce and I. I was saddened to read the announcement of her passing in the DWU Wesleyan Today.

Posted by Gail Heimbuck on February 10, 2022

Dear Donna,Harlan ,Jim and family, my sincere sympathy in the loss of Ginger. My first memory with Ginger was at a young age. She would be at Grandma Ida’s and I would be at my Grandma‘s a block west. We would stand at the corners and wave to one another. I don’t recall we ever got together to play at that time but I considered her a friend. We got to know each other as we moved through Sunday school and onto choir and MYF. So many good times I had at your home. She and I would play the piano at the same time although neither of us had lessons. In high school our friends always had a”surprise “ birthday/slumber party at Katie’s as our birthdays were only a few days apart. When she and Tom lived in Mitchell we would meet in Salem at a steakhouse to continue the birthday celebrations. I recall so fondly your family gathering at the event center in Canton a few years ago. What a joy to have the time with her as well as all of you. She was truly a great friend and then a much admired professional reaching many people in her career. I would have so liked to have been with you in Rapid City to share memories and hugs. Love, Laurie

Posted by Laurie Long on December 22, 2021

Dear Children, Harlan, Tim, & Donna, I feel as if I’m writing a note to my family. Ginger was my best friend in high school, and her family was my family when my own family was in disarray. Your mother, Bea, never asked questions of me and simply took me under her wings. We vacationed, ate pizza, did endless dishes, sat on the porch, talked smart, laughed, and watched TV before I had a TV at home. What a wonderful, priceless gift Ginger and your family have been to me. I write in deep sadness, love, and great thanksgiving for all that she and her family have been to me. Rest well, my dear, dear friend until God in his wondrous grace brings in the new day and all things will be made right. —RoseMary Christensen

Posted by RoseMary (Sundstrom) Christensen on December 16, 2021

I worked with Ginger at Rapid City Regional Hospital. She was a wonderful dedicated social worker and an amazing caring person. Rest in peace dear Ginger.

Posted by Diane Coon on November 21, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Ginger’s passing. What a special person Ginger was. A friend and neighbor since before I can remember, so caring and smart. I always enjoyed seeing her when I had work in Rapid. Her help with our CHS Girls’ Retreat near Rapid made it such a memorable time. She surely helped so many people in her lifetime, in her profession, and her friendships. Prayers for Ginger’s family and her dear friends in your loss.

Posted by Katie Howe on November 19, 2021

Ginger was a wonderful person and an even better Mother In Law. She always saw the good in people and the good in any situation no matter what it was. She never missed a phone call on birthdays, fathers day, and all holidays. Thank you for everything you gave our family! Rest in peace Ginger and in the comforts of God. Brian Miller

Posted by Brian on November 17, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Ginger's passing. I didn't know until I read her obituary that she was just one day younger than me. She was a good friend of mine in high school and also MYF at the Methodist church in Canton. She came out to our farm for my 16th birthday and we had fun playing silly games. Her dad was my school bus driver for a few years. One April fools day he pretended that the bus had stalled out a block from high school so we all filed out and walked the rest of the way. After the last kid was off, he started the engine and drove off. We couldn't believe he had fooled us.

Posted by Ruth Baird Pollard on November 17, 2021

Harlan, Jim, and Donna, (and, of course, all of Ginger's family that I don't know), I'm so sorry for your loss. I've known Ginger for about as long as I've known that there were other people in the world! Few people today would understand how fortunate I feel, looking back, that we had Sunday School year 'round. Summers would have been very long for this farm boy otherwise. My wife Lanea and son Alan and I joined Tom and Ginger for a Volksmarch on the Crazy Horse monument, probably 35 years ago or so. Two or three months ago, my brother Jerry got me Ginger's phone number (I think from Donna). I'm sorry to say, I kept putting off that call. Lanea and I are now living in an Assisted Living facility in Madison WI. Alan lives just half a dozen miles away.

Posted by Dick Oakland on November 16, 2021

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