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Virginia M. Irons

Virginia Mary Irons passed away Friday, November 23, 2018, surrounded by loved ones at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

She was born at home in Mesick, MI in 1935 to Magnus and Mary Hoseit and lived there until moving to Kalamazoo. In 1976 Virginia graduated from Tracy Beauty Academy, after which she decided to study for and received her GED high school certificate in September 1977. This enabled her to continue her cosmetology studies, becoming an instructor in December of that same year. For a few years she taught cosmetology at Tracy Beauty Academy, then teaching at American Beauty College in Kalamazoo, where she experienced first-hand the tornado of May 13, 1980 that devastated the downtown area.

She loved spending time with her family, watching butterflies and nature programs on TV, and before succumbing to arthritis, was a wonderful seamstress.

Virginia is survived by her children, Robert (Tammy) Bailey of Kalamazoo, Louis “Zeke” Irons of California, Joyce Buckallew of Kalamazoo and Timothy Irons of Kalamazoo; 8 grandchildren; a sister, Ella (Jerry) Long of Cadillac, MI and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may meet with Virginia’s family from 5-8 P.M., Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Private burial of ashes will take place at Mesick-Sherman Cemetery in Mesick, MI at a later time .

Contributions in memory of Virginia may be made to Rose Arbor Hospice where she received wonderful care for the past two months and to whom we are eternally grateful.

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Sherry Schumaker

November 24, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Bob and Tammy Bailey, I am so sorry for the loss that you must be feeling, Our deepest condolences to all of the family.


Pam Swiler

November 25, 2018 at 9:05 am

I have know “Ginny” my entire life. She and my mom were best friends for many years. I will miss her giggles. She was a warm and loving person. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family.



November 25, 2018 at 7:49 pm

Joyce so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sherry Gauthier


Class of 1980

November 25, 2018 at 10:47 pm

The Class of 1980 send their deepest condolences to Joyce and the whole family. May peace and comfort be with you during this difficult time.


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