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Virginia "Ginny" Drennen

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Service: 10:00am Wed. May 26th, 2021
Location: St. Raphael Catholic Church

DRENNEN, Virginia “Ginny”, 96, of Springfield passed away peacefully Tuesday morning May 18 at her Wooded Glen residence. She is preceded in Death by her husband Richard (Dick), and her older sister Mary Elizabeth (Donald) Sullivan.
She is survived by her four children: Sons- Richard (Susan), Tipp City; Doug (Mary F.), Vancouver, WA; Mike (Kathy), Columbus; and daughter Mary C., Columbus; as well as seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her younger sister Shirley (George) Eichman, FL and a brother Frank M. Ryan, FL. Ginny was a devoted spouse, mother, and grandparent who valued her family and her faith above all else. She graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1943 and was a life-long member of St. Raphael Church. She married her husband Dick at St. Raphael on Oct. 11, 1947. Ginny was proud of her and Dick’s volunteer work with the church as Eucharistic Ministers, administering Holy Communion to the sick and homebound for many years. Ginny & Dick were also committed to seeing that their children received their education in the Springfield Catholic Schools as well as a college degree. To this end, Ginny went back to work full-time to become the Office Manager at C & N Industrial Maintenance when the kids entered high school. She was always a whiz with numbers, having gained experience by managing the family finances throughout the years. Ginny enjoyed her office work but also continued her commitment to her family and her favorite activities during those years. She was an avid homemaker and loved to bake pies, sew, and read. Her home-made pies became a popular item at family gatherings. She always sewed her own clothes; a skill she acquired from her mother Mary. Her Sunday best was usually a stylish suit or dress that she had made. She also loved to walk, generally 2- 3 miles a day. Ginny was a voracious reader and was well-known at the Public Library. She often had 5 to 7 books she was reading at a time. She also enjoyed working in the yard and gardening. It was not unusual to see her out shoveling snow in the winter or mowing the lawn simply because she liked doing it. In later years, she could be found playing Dominoes with her children and grandchildren or relaxing with her husband at home on their screened-in porch. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday in St. Raphael Catholic Church. Services will be live streamed at https://josephraphael.org/ The family will receive friends one hour prior in the church. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to The Richard and Virginia Drennen Scholarship Fund c/o Catholic Central High School, 1200 E. High St., Springfield, Ohio 45505.
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To Ginny’s family, so sorry for your loss. She was always smiling. Blessings to you.

- Mr & Mrs Richard Brown , Wednesday May 26th, 2021

To all of the Drennens: My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Ginny (aka "The Hummer") lived a long and fruitful life! She loved Dick and her family more than anything. I will always cherish the memories of family gatherings with the wild and raucous Drennen family!

- Susan North, Wednesday May 26th, 2021

Ginny was my sister and my best friend thru out our lives. We stayed in touch where ever we lived. Our children loved the Drennen kids and enjoyed being with them at either AUNT Ginny’s or our place. Ginny was a remarkable woman as was her husband Dick, and raised their children to be well educated and a credit to society. Ike and I will always love her.

- Shirley and George Eichman, Wednesday May 26th, 2021

Many years ago, circa 1955, my mother, Esther Reiss, Virginia and several of the local Catholic ladies met twice a month to sew layettes. Dr. Naomi Green was the Obstetrician for many of these ladies and she was concerned that many new mothers had no infant clothing to take their babies home in. Nurse Grey also chimed in on this. Thus, the "Green-Grey Twig" was formed. These ladies donated the fabric, the time and their skills to help other mother's in dire need. I just wanted you to all know what a benevolent lady Virginia was. Rest in Peace Virginia.

- Nikki Reiss Beach, Tuesday May 25th, 2021

Mary & Family, My condolences. You are in my prayers. Tom Schneider CCHS 1968

- Tom Schneider, Sunday May 23rd, 2021

I have many fond memories of Mrs. Drennen, her husband and sister when they would come to Southern Village Library. Always interested in a variety of subjects. Peace and comfort and prayers to her family. Barbara Patton, South Charleston, Ohio

- Barbara Patton, Sunday May 23rd, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Drennen family.

- Carol & Dave Perin, Saturday May 22nd, 2021

Im so sorry for your loss of Aunt Ginny! My deepest sympathy to my cousin, family and friends. Aunt Ginny was also my godmother! May Aunt Ginny rest in peace✝️

- Patricia Drennen-Rodriguez, Saturday May 22nd, 2021

Aunt Ginny was a very special lady. I have fond memories of family gatherings, her front porch and the best Christmas trees! To my cousins, their families, I am sorry for your loss. Love, Cheryl

- Cheryl Cramer, Friday May 21st, 2021

Aunt Ginny was a very special lady. I have fond memories of family gatherings, her front porch and the best Christmas trees! To my cousins, their families, I am sorry for your loss. Love, Cheryl

- Cheryl Cramer, Friday May 21st, 2021

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