Mary Virginia “Ginny” <I>Van Duyn</I> Franz

Mary Virginia “Ginny” Van Duyn Franz

Birth
Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
Death 10 Sep 2014 (aged 73)
Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 135931993 · View Source
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Mary Virginia (Ginny) Franz, 73, of Fort Myers passed suddenly on September 10, 2014. Happy and vital up to the last day of her life she will be greatly missed by all who knew her caring and generosity.

Born to a military family on January 18, 1941 in Champagne, IL, her parents Colonel Roger and Kathryn Van Duyn gave Ginny the opportunity to experience many different cultures and develop a large and deep group of friends she carried throughout her life. As part of their many military postings around the world, Ginny attended high school in Germany until graduation upon which she enrolled at Indiana University. Striking out on her own she arrived at IU in the fall of 1959 where joined the Chi Omega Sorority soon after, and then met the love of her life, her husband John. While still students, they married on September 1st 1962 and began what would be a 52-year marriage.

Leaving IU in the spring of 1963 to start raising a family, her son Michael was born in September of 1963, and their daughter Amanda soon followed in August of 1964. Through John's employment at Pillsbury their growing family moved often throughout the 60's. Given her experience as a military child, she took on a leadership role in their household to assure that all relocations were in order and that all transitions ran smoothly. In July of 1971, while in St. Louis, their 2nd daughter Michelle was born. Not long after, in 1976, the family left their firmly planted mid-western roots and moved to Andover, MA where they would stay for 27 years. While in Andover, Ginny began her own career in real estate, where she achieved great success in using her finely tuned relocation skills to assist many families in finding their own dream homes.

Ginny lead an active social life and was often the center of a large group of close friends and neighbors. As a member of Andover Country Club, she and John played couples golf every Friday evening with many of their closest friends. Over the years, John and Ginny began to consider their retirement and, in 1994, they ultimately began formulating their retirement to Fort Myers, FL. Wintering at Fiddlesticks Country Club they purchased their Glen Abbey property where they were fortunate to be able to enjoy the New England spring and summer during which they operated their family business and then escaped to the warmer sunny Florida weather in the winter.

In April of 1996, Ginny's granddaughter Shelby was born. Soon after, Ginny opened the doors of her home to Mike and Shelby during difficult times and became instrumental in raising and shaping Shelby into the high-achieving and amazing woman she's become today.

In November of 2003, she and John retired and relocated permanently to Fort Myers. In the final years of her life Ginny lived happily surrounded by family and good friends. She enjoyed playing golf and cards, helped run more events than could possibly be listed and immersed herself in the Fiddlesticks community. She took great joy in the freedom to spend time with her family at her leisure by spreading her time between visiting her children and grandchild in Virginia, hosting Shelby in Florida for several weeks each summer, and regular family vacations to many different places across the south.

Ginny is survived by her loving husband John, her three beautiful children Mike, Amanda and Michelle, her special granddaughter Shelby, her sister Jane and husband Chuck, numerous nieces and nephews, and her dog/close companion Annabelle. She was preceded in death by her brother Jon, who was mortally wounded in Vietnam in 1968 while serving with the 82nd Airborne.

Visitation will be on Tuesday September 16 from 11:00 - 1:00 at Harvey & Engelhardt 1600 Colonial Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33907. This will be followed by a celebration of her life at Fiddlesticks Country Club from 2:00 - 4:00. Interment will be private for family only.

Ginny was deeply dedicated to Military veterans, especially those that gave their life during the Vietnam War. Therefore in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ginny's honor to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, www.vvmf.org/

Ginny's life was well lived and greatly admired by those around her. Her dedication to her family and friends, generosity of spirit, and genuine love of life served as a foundation for the touchstone she became for all who held her dear.

We will miss her terribly and always love her.


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  • Maintained by: Allen Monasmith
  • Originally Created by: Debbie Richardson Norris
  • Added: 15 Sep 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 135931993
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Virginia “Ginny” Van Duyn Franz (18 Jan 1941–10 Sep 2014), Find a Grave Memorial no. 135931993, ; Maintained by Allen Monasmith (contributor 46880788) Unknown.