|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1916|
|Death: ||May 11, 2010|
From: Grosse Point News
Died: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Virginia Hill Junker Larkin Morgenthaler died peacefully Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at the Casey House in Rockville, Md.
She was born June 7, 1916, in Detroit to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Hill and had lived in Grosse Pointe for more than 40 years. In 1933, she graduated from Eastern High School and was active in attending Eastern High School reunions.
Dr. Spranger, a Detroit physician who was prominently identified with people of German decent, was her hero and beloved grandfather of whom she often spoke. Through the years, she enjoyed many summers at the family cottage in Algonac.
Mrs. Morgenthaler lived on East Emory Court in Grosse Pointe Woods where she taught piano to many of Grosse Pointe's finest. She developed close relationships with numerous students and even considered some family, such as Heleen and Tom Jones who, along with their kids, fondly remember her as "Grandma."
Mrs. Morgenthaler sang concerts for the Grosse Pointe Community Center with Ellen Heller, Carl Angelilli, Lori Lang and Don Simmons. She also sang at the East Grand Boulevard Methodist Church in Detroit, where she married Frederick Junker.
In 1938, the couple had a son, Don, who grew up sharing his mother's love for music. He studied piano and trumpet and performed around the world with the U.S. Navy. In 2006, he moved his mother to be with him and his wife, Joan, in Maryland so that they could care for her.
Mrs. Morgenthaler is survived by her son, Donald (Joan) Junker; two stepgrandsons, Randy and Todd Kurz and her extended family, Heleen Jones, Patricia (James) Dupuis and Trish (Douglas) Dragin.
Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, June 4, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home 20705 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods. The funeral service begins at 10 a.m.
Share a memory or express condolences at ahpeters.com.
Created by: Kurt Johnson
Record added: Feb 20, 2011
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