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Virginia Westfall

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 9:21 a.m. CST

AVON — Virginia “Ginny” Westfall, 88, of Little Swan Lake, Avon, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Care Center of Abingdon. Ginny was the devoted and loving wife of Curtis. She wore his service parachute as her wedding gown when they married in 1945.

Ginny and Curt enjoyed dancing, especially the jitterbug, ballroom dancing and square dancing. She played popular songs from the 40’s on the piano for family and friends, and enjoyed playing games and cards. She loved pontoon boating, golfing and living along the second green of Swan Creek Golf Club. Ginny and Curt became avid square dancers when they lived at Campbell Center in Mt. Carroll and in Merrimac, Wis., on Lake Wisconsin. They liked traveling to square dance conventions and visiting family and friends. They enjoyed Friday night fish fry dinners and dancing when they lived near Merrimac. She was devoted to planning, preparing and hosting meals and parties for family and friends. Ginny’s recipes are a testament to her great love of cooking. Ginny earned her teaching license at Western Illinois State Teachers College. She taught in Ipava, Dixon, Deer Grove and Walnut.

Ginny was preceded in death by Curtis; her parents, Arch and Grace Buchen; and her brother, Phillip Buchen. Ginny is remembered as the loving mother of Kent (Ellen) Westfall of Avon, Cindy (Mark) Hertzberg of Racine, Wis., and Bob (Sherry) Westfall of Geneseo. “Gramma Ginny” was loved by eight grandchildren, Kemper (Wendi) Westfall, Kristen (James) Barclay, Kate (Justin) Lockett and Khloe (Anthony) Beaird, Adam and Aaron (Carie) Hertzberg, and Jodie (Mark) Sams and Stephanie Westfall; eight great-grandchildren, Colin and Evan Westfall, Kylie and Jaxon Barclay, Ellie Beaird, Jane Virginia Hertzberg, and Ian and Ryan Kennedy; and sister-in-law, Mary Jane Buchen. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Avon United Methodist Church, 200 E. Washington St., Avon, followed by services at 11 a.m. at the church, and interment at the Prairie City Cemetery.

Mrs. Westfall’s family thanks the staff at the Care Center of Abingdon, and the doctors, nurses and staff at Cottage Hospital for her care.

Memorials are suggested to Avon Methodist Church, Swan Creek Golf Club or the Care Center of Abingdon.

Arrangements are through Corman Funeral Home. Please sign the online guestbook at

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