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Virginia Ann (nee Weinert) Gesell

Virginia Ann Gesell, age 87, passed from this life to the next on Sunday, June 16, 2024 at her home in the Town of Parma, New York. She was looking forward to seeing her parents, Harold and Verena Weinert, her older sister Mary Jean (MJ) Parriott, and her baby brother James (Jimmy) who preceded her in death. She left behind her loving husband Harold A. Gesell only a day after their 63rd wedding anniversary, as well as her daughters Dawn (Michael) Larimer of Denton, Texas, and Melody Gesell of Rochester, New York. Also, her 10 grandchildren: Joy (Aaron) Gruben, Hope (Daniel) Greisser, Grace (Tim) Hunt, Patience (Aaron) Parks-Young, Devir Gesell, Faith (Lamarcus) Watley, Garrett Larimer, Charity Larimer, Mercy Larimer, and Josiah Larimer, as well as great-grandchildren: Geneva, Catharina, Tyndall, Calvin, Owen, Knox, and one more expected in December. She is also survived by her brothers Rev. Paul (Mary Jane) Weinert of Falls City, Nebraska and Charles Weinert of Chandler, Arizona, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Virginia was born January 15, 1937 on a family farm outside of Falls City, Nebraska into a Christian family and put her faith in Jesus Christ at a young age; she attended Zion Evangelical Church with her family, which later became Evangelical United Brethren. Virginia was an excellent student and loved to learn throughout her life. She attended a one-room country schoolhouse with her siblings and graduated from Falls City High School. She attended Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa where she received a B.A. in History, magna cum laude. Virginia was certified to teach high school social studies, math, and physical sciences; she taught history and government in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. She also received a secretarial diploma from Brown-Mackie Business College and subsequently worked jobs as a legal secretary and stenographer. A mutual friend in Denver, Colorado, where she worked as an executive secretary for Martin-Marietta, introduced her to her future husband. Her father-in-law, the late Rev. Oliver W. M. Gesell, married her to Harold A. Gesell at her parental home in Nebraska.

Virginia was a homemaker and bookkeeper, and helped her husband by working as a business manager for their video and computer store in Lincoln, Nebraska. Later, she worked as an office manager and director of administration for the Ontario County Historical Society in Canandaigua, New York where she enjoyed her co-workers and learning more about local history. Virginia and her husband were actively involved in many churches. She played piano, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and volunteered where needed. As an encourager, she wrote cards and letters and telephoned people, particularly remembering important dates. She prayed for people’s needs as a certified Stephen Minister and at the Healing Rooms, led Bible studies, including a Community Bible Study small group, and also enjoyed helping people through Literacy Volunteers in Canandaigua, New York. Virginia was an avid reader, especially of Christian literature, American history, and biographies. She also loved to study the Bible, attend family and school reunions, keep up with news and politics, play the piano, listen to classical and gospel music, walk her Schipperke dog, watch birds, garden, swim, have picnics, and enjoy God’s beautiful earth.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 6, 2024 at Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 761 Elmgrove Road, Rochester, New York 14624. Join the family for food and fellowship after the service. Interment will take place later in her family plot at Bethel-Zion Cemetery east of Falls City, Nebraska. Charitable donations in her memory may be given to Open Door Mission, P.O. Box 14236, Rochester, New York 14614. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home of Rochester, New York.

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