Virginia Mae Winans

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Virginia Mae Winans December 15, 1925 – February 17, 2015 Resident of Fremont Virginia Mae Winans entered peacefully into rest February 17, 2015 at the age of 89. Born December 15, 1925 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she grew up and graduated from Ann Arbor High School in June 1944. Virginia entered into marriage in 1944 to Robert B. Winans. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and shopping, but most of all she loved family gatherings and watching her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren's progress and accomplishments. She was employed by Argus in Ann Arbor Michigan, until moving to California in 1956. She worked as a legal secretary for law offices in Fremont & Hayward, CA and she retired from Lockheed in Sunnyvale, after 23 years. Beloved Mother of Kathryn J. DeCarli and husband Robert of Groveland, CA, Sandra L. Terry and husband John of Coarsegold, CA, and Luanne K. Keleher and husband Michael of Hayward, CA. Dearest sister of Evelyn Downer of Ann Arbor, MI and preceded in death by dearest sister Helen B. Smith of MI. Devoted grandmother of Francine, Leanne, Robert, and Jessica and great grandmother of Keith, Cleo, Alex, Wyatt, Maddie, Vince and Cheyenne. Family and friends are invited to attend a gathering and celebration of her life Monday, February 23rd, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. held at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angeles, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont.

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  1. My nickname in the family was Annie and my Grandma Ginny would always tell me….”go get your gun Annie”….a quote from an old time movie….I loved her so much-words cannot explain! She was the greatest Grandma, I cherish all the time I spent with her as a kid. I’m thankful that there IS a place we go to when we die, that is FULL of people, pets, and memories we have come to love in our lives. May you be blessed and wonderfully re-connected with good people and times in your afterlife in heaven Grandma. I will always love you and NEVER forget you Grandma Ginny, you will be in my heart, with me, forever! 🙂 I’ll see ‘ya when I get there! Love you so much!

    Your granddaughter Leanne Lucido (Annie)

  2. I will forever treasure my Grandma Ginny…she is the best grandmother anyone could ever have. I admire her for her courage, strength, independence and warm loving heart. Living with her for 8 years in my 20’s, sharing special moments and going on trips together are some outstanding memories. My heart hurts knowing she is gone… and then I remember…having hot fudge sundaes for dinner…watching A’s games and “Are You Being Served”…her not being angry about bringing kittys home…jello in a baggie… & eating lemonns from her tree with a bowl of sugar for dipping! Grandma I will always have so much love for you and you’ll be forever in my thoughts…

    Your granddaughter Francine Geddis (Francy)

  3. Aunt Ginny was always full of love and fun. She was the perfect sister to my mom (Scootie) and one of my favorite aunts. I have so many good memories even though for most of my live she lived miles away. There was the unforgettable Downer California trip in 1966 where all 10 of us traveled to California in a stationwagen and spent a month with them. Included in that visit was a trip to Southern California with all of us in that same car. In the 80s she visited my family in Tucson for each of my son’s graduations from High School. During that time we we had so much fun including unbelievably friendly water baloon fights and paper cup with string phone calls. Her visits to Ann Arbor were always a family event with many get togethers. My thoughts and prayers are with Kathy, Sandy, Luanne and their families. There is a new bright shiny star in heaven.

  4. Mom you are my inspiration.
    You raised three girls for the most part by yourself. We always came first! You sacrificed so much for us. You showed us how to be strong but kind, enabling us to reach our goals. When I was a child so many family members and friends told me how lucky I was to have such a wonderful Mom. Truer words were never spoken. I will miss your company, your smile, your sense of humor, your advise, and your endless devotion to us girls and our families. You always had a kind word, and a giving heart; you always had room at your table for a friend in need (even if you could not afford it), and always had time to listen. You told me jokes, then made me promise not to tell my mother told me that joke!
    Thank you for showing me how to be a good person.
    I Love You Mom! I will miss you so until we meet again!!

    Your loving daughter,

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