Virginia Schaffner, affectionately known as “Ginny,” 79, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died peacefully in her sleep Aug. 2, 2018.
Born Aug. 19, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Mary Jane (Allen) Gillen. Virginia grew up in the Lyons, Ohio, area and graduated from Lyons High School. She later earned a degree in cosmetology. She and her true love, Alan Schaffner, were married on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1958.
A farmer’s wife, Ginny happily rolled up her sleeves and learned the operations and bookkeeping of the farm business. Together with Alan, they proudly raised pigs and crops for nearly 60 years. Ginny served as a 4-H leader in Fulton County for many years and was a delegate for the State Pork Producers.
As a cancer survivor, she volunteered for many years for Reach to Recovery, and touched countless lives. She loved being outdoors, and enjoyed mowing her lawn as well tending to her annual flower beds that adorned her yard.
In addition to raising her children and helping on the farm, Ginny also worked for 22 years as a sales associate and personal shopper at the former Lion Department Store in Toledo. In 2011, Ginny became a part-time staff member of the Eagle Funeral Homes family. Always ready with a smile and comforting word, she served as a greeter, a position she admirably filled with her love of people and warm, energetic personality.
In her spare time, Ginny enjoyed reading books of Amish stories and most importantly, spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren. She and Alan were active members of the Fayette United Methodist Church, where Ginny spent many years as a Sunday School teacher.
In addition to her husband of 60 years, she is survived by a daughter, Melanie Glover of Indianapolis, Ind.; three sons, Mark (and Fawn) Schaffner of Fayette, Mitch (and Renae) Schaffner of Fayette, and Marty (and Jackie) Schaffner of Morenci, Mich.; a sister, Marilyn (and Woody) Blaylock of Lakeland, Fla.; and a brother, Thomas (and Concha) Gillen of Miami, Fla.; grandchildren, Abby (and Ben), Jenna (and Brad), Lindsey (and Mike), Wes (and Katie), Nate, and Zach; and 10 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Wyatt, Kennedy, Kasen, Mesa, Luke, Bryn, Mick, Isabella and Myla.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeff Bandy officiating.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Fayette United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.