Virginia M. "Ginnie" Brown, 78, of Lakeside-Marblehead, died Saturday, May 22, 2010, in Commons of Providence, Sandusky.
She was born June 8, 1931, in Lancaster, Ohio, a daughter of John and Crystal (Merritt) Van Kirk. She married Robert E. Brown March 10, 1969, and he survives. Ginnie and her husband owned and operated Channel Grove Marina in Danbury Township. Bob and Ginnie enjoyed wintering in the Florida Keys for more than 35 years. She was instrumental in starting the Lake Erie Sport Fisherman Organization and was chairperson of Ohio Governor and Legislators Day for 18 years. She was a past member of the National Organization for Women and was a swim instructor for the Red Cross. She enjoyed boating, fishing, her three Labrador retrievers, traveling and was an avid reader. She loved shopping with her friends and family and she will be remembered fondly as a great mother, grandmother and business woman.
Surviving is her husband, Robert E. Brown; daughters, Vickie M. (Dan) Kukay, Anita L. (Ted) Patrick and Laura A. (D'Arcy) Brown-Egan, all of Lakeside-Marblehead; son, Doug J. (Lori) Brown of Lakeside-Marblehead; stepdaughter, Cheryl L. Brown of Morgantown, W.Va.; stepson, Robert E. (Anne) Brown Jr. of Lakeside-Marblehead; sister, Patricia Wilson of Carmel, Calif.; and 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Richard S. Brown; parents; brother, John Van Kirk; and sister, Ruth Sayre.
Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Peninsula Chapel, Lakeside-Marblehead, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Lisa Peterson will officiate. Burial will be in Sackett Cemetery, Danbury Township.
Memorial contributions may be given to Stein Hospice, Lakeside Fire and EMS or Marblehead Fire and EMS.
Condolences may be shared with the family at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.