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Virginia ‘Jinny’ G. Howard

December 22, 2012
The Mining Journal

MORRIS, Ill./SKANDIA, Mich. - Virginia "Jinny" G. Howard, age 65, of Morris and formerly of Skandia, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Morris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Morris.

Born October 29, 1947, in Ishpeming City, Michigan, Virginia was a daughter of the late Alfred Charles and Phyllis Carolyn Johnson- Dowe. She was raised and educated in Marquette, Michigan, and graduated from Marquette Senior High School. Jinny was a former member of the Jaycees in Marquette and held employment locally with the Grundy County Home from 1998 to 2004. She will be remembered as an avid reader who loved working crossword puzzles.

Survivors include children: Peter Howard (Patti Quirn) of Glen Falls, New York, Phyllis Johnson of Skandia, Michigan, Lewis Howard of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Sandra "Sandy" Borchert (Allen) of Morris, and Theodore Howard (Lori) of Ishpeming City, Michigan; grandchildren: Kassandra Howard, Zachary Howard (Zoe Killian), Cathleen Shalast, Nicole Howard (Brian Rosten), Robert Howard, Scott Borchert (Alena), Pvt. Dillion Johnson, Carley Johnson, Ryan Howard and Sara Beth Lancour (Harold); great-grandchildren: Draven Howard, Benjamin Matsdorf, Morgan Rosten, Dorian Howard, Luke Lancour, Elaine Lancour, Cleora Lancour, Valerie Lancour and Jonathon Lancour, with another great-grandson Samuel Borchert expected in May of 2013; brothers and sisters: Norma Bugno (Michael) of Greenville, South Carolina, Richard Dowe (Mabel) of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Shirley Barnes of Tempe, Arizona, Susan Shultis (Roger) of Greenville, South Carolina and Michael Smith of Marquette, Michigan, and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as special friends: Mary and Richard Peterson and Rich Greene, both of Minnesota, and Pam and Jeff Couwenhoven of Morris.

Jinny was preceded in death by her parents: Alfred and Phyllis Dowe.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012, between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM at Reeves Funeral Home, 408 East Washington Street (one block East of Illinois Route 47) in Morris. Funeral services will follow Saturday, December 29 at 11:30 AM in the funeral home. Jinny will be buried in Northland Chapel Gardens Cemetery in Negaunee, Michigan, and the family will have a memorial graveside service at a later date.

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Morris. (815-942-2500)



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