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Virginia Gail Howard
(October 29, 1947 - December 19, 2012)

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Virginia G. Howard


Age 65 of Morris and formerly Skandia, Michigan, passed away Wednesday December 19, 2012 at Morris Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Morris.

Born October 29, 1947 in Ishpeming City, Michigan, Virginia was a daughter of the late Alfred Charles and Phyllis Carolyn Johnson- Dowe. She was raised and educated in Marquette, Michigan and graduated from Marquette Senior High School. Ginny was a former member of the Jaycees in Marquette and held employment locally with the Grundy County Home from 1998 to 2004. She will be remembered as an avid reader who loved working crossword puzzles.

Survivors include children: Peter Howard (Patti Quiron) of South Glen Falls, New York, Phyllis Johnson of Skandia, Michigan, Lewis Howard of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Sandra "Sandy" Borchert (Allen) of Morris and Theodore Howard (Lori) of Ishpeming City, Michigan; grandchildren: Kassandra Howard, Zachary Howard (Zoe Killian), Cathleen Shalast, Nicole Howard (Brian Rosten), Robert Howard, Scott Borchert (Alena), Pvt. Dillan Johnson, Carley Johnson, Ryan Howard and Sara Beth Lancour (Harold); great grandchildren: Draven Howard, Benjamin Matsdorf, Morgan Rosten, Dorian Howard, Luke Lancour, Elaine Lancour, Cleora Lancour, Valerie Lancour and Jonathon Lancour, with another great grandson Samuel Borchert expected in May of 2013; brothers and sisters: Norma Bugno (Michael) of Greenville, South Carolina, Richard Dowe (Mabel) of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Shirley Barnes of Tempe, Arizona, Susan Shultis (Roger) of Greenville, South Carolina and Mike Smith of Marquette, Michigan, and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as special friends: Mary and Richard Peterson and Rich Greene, both of Minnesota and Pam and Jeff Couwenhoven of Morris.

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents: Alfred Charles Dowe and Phyllis Carolyn Dowe and step-mother Alice Smith.

Visitation will be held on Friday December 28, 2012 between the hours of 4:00PM and 7:00PM at Reeves Funeral Home, 408 East Washington Street (one block East of Illinois Route 47) in Morris. Funeral services will follow Saturday December 29th at 11:30AM in the funeral home. Ginny will be buried in Northland Chapel Gardens Cemetery in Negaunee, Michigan, and the family will have a memorial graveside service at a later date.

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Morris. (815/942-2500)


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