Virginia (Ginny) Drew Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Virginia (Ginny) Drew, 80, of Phoenix, handed away on September sixth, after a two yr battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She was born in Brooklyn, New York to Stanley and Vera (Loss) Gelish. Ginny grew up dancing. She rode the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan for singing and dancing classes. Her dancing teacher was Fred Kelly, Gene Kelly’s brother. Ginny studied ballet, faucet, acrobatic and toe dancing. She carried out on the Academy of Music and Carnegie Hall when she was 12 years old. Throughout her life, she loved watching Broadway exhibits. Ginny graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and Syracuse University with a Major in Radio and Television and a minor in Russian research. After commencement, she labored for WPAT Radio in New York City and ABC Radio West in Hollywood, California. Ginny remained an energetic member of the Syracuse Alumni Association and was an avid supporter of each the University and her Sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. She not too long ago obtained her 60 yr Sorority pin. Ginny made her house in Moon Valley (Phoenix), within the early 1970’s the place she started her profession as a Travel Consultant. She volunteered with the Phoenix Jaycees and in a maternity ward and supported quite a few Cancer and Wildlife charities. Ginny traveled everywhere in the world and her mates, household and purchasers benefited from her journey experience. She went river rafting in Washington and Costa Rica and river rafting and canine sledding in Alaska. She traveled to 47 states and over 31 international locations, together with a visit throughout the previous USSR. Ginny married Dennis in 1988 and so they loved street journeys round Arizona, journeys to Alaska and Europe and splitting their time between Phoenix and Flagstaff. They introduced the household on a number of memorable cruises to Alaska, Mexico and the Caribbean. Ginny additionally loved water aerobics and any vacation spot that included a cease at a seashore. Ginny is survived by her husband, Dennis, son, Russell (April) Brown of Parker, Colorado, daughter, Ali (James) Lyrenmann of Glendale, granddaughter, Madison Lyrenmann of Moorpark, California, grandson RJ (Kiley) Lyrenmann of Mesa, great-granddaughter, Gracie of Mesa, step-daughter, Michelle Drew, of Phoenix, step-daughter-in-law Gina (Austin) of Phoenix, step-grandchildren, Halligan and Penelope of Phoenix and quite a few nieces and nephews. She was preceded in dying by her dad and mom; her sister, Stella Ost, brother-in-law, Mel Ost, brother Alexander Halakewicz and step-son, Austin Drew. A Celebration of Life will probably be held on November, 5, 2022 from 1-5pm, on the house of Dennis and Ginny. In lieu of flowers, donations might be made to the Civitan Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or any Wildlife Conservatory.

Posted on-line on September 16, 2022

Published in The Arizona Republic

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November 05, 2022 at 1:00 PM

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