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Virginia "Ginny" Gradin

Virginia "Ginny" Gradin, 88, Superior, passed peacefully surrounded by family Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Villa-Marina Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Superior on Nov. 5, 1925 to Edwin J. and Ethel M. (Gage) Johnson.

Ginny grew up in Billings Park, attended Peter Cooper Elementary and later graduated from Central High School in 1943. After graduating from high school she worked at Superior Teacher's College where she met the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Gradin, whom she married in 1950. She was employed as a clerk for the City of Superior in the Treasurer's office. She was also a homemaker and caregiver for many members of her family.

She loved spending time at her summer cottage on Lake Minnesuing with Bob and continued going there for over 50 years. She spent every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day and often many September and October weekends at the cottage. Having vegetable gardens and her many flower beds was of utmost importance to her. She spent hours planning, purchasing and planting all of her gardens at her home and at the lake. She loved traveling, especially cruises and spending her winters in Arizona.

Ginny was a member of United Presbyterian Church and previously had been a member of First Covenant Church, St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Lake Nebagamon Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of Apache Wells PEO Group and the Easy Living Club, both in Mesa, Ariz. Locally she was a member of the Iris Garden Club, Onaway Club, Superior Elks, Superior Women's Club, SAREA (Superior Area Retired Educators Association), United Commercial Travelers, local PEO, Chapter E, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Fairlawn Museum Auxiliary.

Ginny is survived by two daughters, Sue (Rick) Hartzell, Lake Minnesuing, Cheri (Jim) Splinter, Superior; two granddaughters, Kelsey Splinter, Eagan, Minn. and Lindsey Splinter, Madison, Wis. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert and her parents, Edwin J. and Ethel M. Johnson, her aunt Helga Johnson and her special friend and long-time companion, John Langer of Hebron, N.D. who recently passed away.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Ginny's name to: Chapter E PEO, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, United Presbyterian Church, and Lake Nebagamon Presbyterian Church.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. and will continue until the 5 p.m. memorial service on Monday, May 19 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church with Rev. Sarah Kerkes and Rev. H. Duane Aslyn, co-officiating.

Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.

Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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