Virginia Cossmann Quirk
NAPLES, Fla. -- After 96 years of a wonderful life, Virginia Cossmann Quirk moved on to her next spiritual journey. She was born on Sept. 3, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois, to Ruth Gertrude Hallenbeck and George James Cossmann. She passed away in Naples on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.
Ginnie married Edward James Quirk, deceased 1999, of Watertown, Wisconsin, on May 2, 1942, in Oak Park, Illinois. They began their married life in Watertown, where they raised their eight children. In 1995, they retired to Naples.
Ginnie attended elementary and high school in Chicago and continued her education at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, as a music major. She joined the Delta Gamma Sorority, of which she remained an active lifelong member. Ginnie volunteered as a nurse’s aide for the American Red Cross during World War II. She served for years as the president and secretary of the Watertown Library Board, as well as being on several other boards whose focus was education and the arts. She was a member of AAUW and P.E.O. and also supported the Friends of Arts and the Philharmonic League. She had an unflagging commitment to improving the lives of families, women and children. Ginnie facilitated housing for many families through her deep involvement with Habitat for Humanity. She made frequent car runs to the Guadalupe Center, donating time, clothing and furniture. She tutored elementary school-age students for years, enjoying their many exchanges. She supported the battered women’s shelter in the areas where help was needed. Ginnie’s dedication culminated in her recognition as a Champion of Learning in Naples on Jan. 31, 2018.
Ginnie is survived by her children: Linda, Wendy (Thomas Schuett), Jacqueline (Don Rayno), James (Deborah Callan), Pamela (David Quirk Becker), Darby (Richard Royal), Roberta (Stephen Cmar) and Jill (Dan McKay), as well as 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and her devoted and dear friend, George Frey.
Ginnie was an avid reader, accomplished bridge player, one of the fastest knitters on Earth and a fine pianist. She was also a great joke teller (who loved a good laugh), a competitive Scrabble opponent, a stickler for proper manners and grammar, a zippy dresser and the tidiest soul on the planet. She lived by her mantra of faith, family, friends and funny bone. A vibrant, generous, caring and kind woman, Ginnie made people feel better just by being in her presence.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at St. William Catholic Church, 601 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ginnie’s long-supported organizations: Habitat for Humanity of Collier County (www.habitatcollier.org, 239-775-0036), or The Guadalupe Center, 509 Hope Circle, Immokalee, FL 34142 (www.guadalupecenter.org). Condolences may be left online at www.HodgesNaplesMG.com.
Hodges Funeral Home at Memorial Gardens
525 111th Ave. N. Naples, Florida