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Virginia L. (Styes) Ganske

May 25, 1929 ~ April 26, 2019 (age 89)

Virginia Ganske, 89, of Jackson, formerly of Onaway, Michigan, passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

She was born May 25, 1929, in Tower, Michigan, to Ruben L. and Leola Veihl Styes.  She was raised on a farm in rural Michigan.  She and Adolph Ganske were married August 16, 1947.  Four children were born to their union, and they had been married 48 years when Adolph passed away November 16, 1995.

Virginia resided most of her life in Michigan.  She was a Jehovah’s Witness since 1962 and is a former member of three congregations in Michigan.  Her children and grandchildren fondly recall Virginia’s strong love and devotion to her family and her dedication to caring for them through homemaking, gardening, canning, and quilting.

In 2002, some years after Adolph’s passing, Virginia married married Ray Ganske, who happened to be her husband’s cousin.  They lived several years in Maryland and had been married 12 years when he passed away in 2014, which is when Virginia moved to Jackson and resided with her daughter, Susan Tillotson.  She was currently an active member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Jackson.

Loving survivors include four children, Susan (William) Tillotson of Jackson, Missouri, Steven Ganske of Onaway, Michigan, Debra Ganske of Tower, Michigan, and Diana (Mark) Carlson of Onaway; two stepchildren, Judy Little and Timothy (Laura) Ganske, both of Maryland; a sister, Elenor (the late Jim) Wregglesworth of Tower; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

In addition to Adolph and Ray, she was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, LeRoy Styes.

Visitation is from 12:00 p.m. to service time, Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Jackson Kingdom Hall, 1250 County Road 318, Jackson, MO 63755.  Elder, Steven Sundstrom will lead a memorial service at 1 p.m.

Cremation accorded by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.  Virginia will be laid to rest next to Adolph at Forest Lawn Cemetery near Tower, Michigan.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Jackson Kingdom Hall.

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Donations may be made to:

Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall, Jackson
1250 County Road 318, Jackson MO 63755
Tel: 1-573-243-8581

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