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Virginia Rutgers

Virginia Sue Rutgers is at peace after a lengthy battle with diabetes. She was lovingly taken home to be with her Savior on March 9, 2019.

Ginny was a loving, intelligent, and graceful woman. She will be missed for her enduring faith, sense of humor, hopeful heart, and so much more. Ginny was born in Kalamazoo, MI on August 11, 1950.

She graduated from Otsego High School as valedictorian in 1968. Ginny attended both Moody Bible Institute and Tennessee Temple University earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree respectively. She was employed by Bethany Christian Services until moving back to Plainwell where she spent her final years with family and friends.

Ginny was a devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers and supported them enthusiastically. Cool rainy days and good books were some of her other favorite things. She was also an ace in the kitchen, which she attributed to the skills and recipes she learned from her beloved mother, Tyna.

Virginia was predeceased by her father George Rutgers, her mother Tyna Keith, her brother George Rutgers, and her stepfather Louis Keith.

She is survived by her step siblings: Tom (Debbie) Keith, Denny (Patti) Keith, Kathy (Dan) Hughes, Cindi (Paul) Hammond, and Jeff (Tonya) Keith; her nieces and nephews: Rachael Rutgers, Aaron (Elly) Rutgers, David (Jamie) Rutgers, and Hannah (Caleb) Grogan; as well as many members of her extended family, including her lifelong friend Ron Jones.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating.

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Randy and Mary Lober

March 18, 2019 at 4:57 pm

So sorry another classmate gone. We remember Ginny with great fondness.


Tim and Marcia Quigley

March 18, 2019 at 7:17 pm

We are saddened to see that Virginia passed away. I will always remember her as a quiet, very intelligent classmate. Rest in Peace, may the Angels surround you always!


Beverly Berge

March 19, 2019 at 11:28 am

You will be missed, my dear sweet cousin. I loved visiting you and talking about the Tigers, you were always such a sweet heart, yet made me laugh.


Penny Pulver Baker

March 20, 2019 at 5:49 pm

So very sorry to hear about Ginny. She had such an elegant way about her…took me under her wing in jr high and high school. She quietly went about doing good. Never forget her.


Jan and John R. Keith

March 21, 2019 at 10:10 pm

Dear Ginny, you were always one of favorite people. We could pick on you about anything and you would always take it with a smile. Except about the Detroit Tigers!! 🙂

Of course she would get her fun jabs in too!

Some people are in your life for a reason, some you never will forget, We will never fill the hole in our hearts, Ginny and Aunt Tyna left. God Bless you are united again, someday we all will be.



Kathy Hughes

March 22, 2019 at 11:33 am

I could never forget Ginny. We always teased that we were twins from different mothers. Our birthdays were only 8 days apart. I thank you Ginny for accepting my Dad as your family when our parents married. I will miss talking to you and spending time with you. I know where you are now and it makes me sad and a little jealous that you are able to be with our Lord without me. Hug my Dad and your Mom for me. Love you always.


John W. Hart

March 25, 2019 at 8:07 pm

A very nice friend and classmate at Otsego High School.


Susan (Jerrett) and Tom Sawasky

April 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm

I was hopeful Virginia would be at our 50th reunion. We were good friends in elementary school. I am so sorry to hear of her passing!


Lorri Beaudin

August 19, 2019 at 8:23 am

I was so sorry to hear about Ginny’s passing. So many great memories of my friend/second cousin. We worked together and learned that we were related and became good friends. I lost touch with her many years ago, unfortunately. Rest in peace, “Cuz”.


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