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Virginia A Roberts
July 16, 1936 - December 16, 2020
Loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend
Service Date: July 1, 2021
In Lieu of Flowers: See Obit
Obituaries » Virginia A Roberts
Virginia Ann Roberts (nee Kirn) formerly of Lake Parsippany and resident of Merry Heart Health Care Center, Succasunna, 84, died in the arms of a loving nurse at St. Clare’s Dover Hospital on December 16, 2020. She passed away from Covid-19 after surviving cancer and multiple falls. This extraordinary lady was strong, feisty and determined to live her best life up until the very end. Our Lord called her home at Christmastime, a time of the highest light and love.
Born in Irvington on July 16, 1936, Virginia was the beloved daughter of Charles and Helen Kirn. She grew up in Irvington, Maplewood and Newark before moving to Lake Parsippany in 1965.
After graduating Columbia High School in 1954, “Ginny” worked as a secretary for Prudential Insurance Company in Newark for several years. Her dream was to attend art school but work came first. She became a stay at home mom to raise her children. Following her husband’s death in 1985, she worked for 12 years as a veterinary assistant at the Community Animal Hospital in Morris Plains, NJ. Her final place of employment was the Parsippany Board of Education, where she worked as a school bus aide for 18 years. The unstoppable Ginny worked until she was eighty-one years old. She loved her jobs and took pride in her work ethic and friendships made.
Ginny was a gifted artist, photographer and home movie maker. She created original paintings, ceramics, slate paintings, and crocheted treasures throughout her life. In addition, Ginny loved to tend to her flower garden and enjoyed decorating her house and yard. She collected all sorts of memorabilia but had a special interest in cows and lighthouses. Ginny also enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.
She lived in her lake cottage for 55 years and spent many magnificent summers at the nearby beach, simply enjoying life with her friends and family. Ginny was well-liked and popular in the community; to Ginny, Lake Parsippany was home.
If you knew Ginny, you knew that she was an animal whisperer extraordinaire who could talk to the animals better than Dr. Doolittle. Throughout her life, Ginny rescued and cared for a large quantity and variety of animals. Her animals lived well beyond the average age and she took immense pride in all of them. She is survived by her adored cats Jewels, Momma and Baby.
Ginny once wrote at a highschool reunion that raising her children was her greatest achievement. She was an attentive, fun and adoring mother and grandmother to four children and nine grandchildren. She enjoyed teaching them how to fish, play blackjack and other card games. She spoiled them with trips to the craft store, movie theatre and ice cream parlor. Visiting lighthouses with her family in New Hampshire was a favorite pastime and she especially loved the Portland Head Light. Ginny loved dancing from an early age and excelled at the Jitterbug and Polka. Her taste in music was eclectic but she especially enjoyed country music and Willie Nelson. Throughout her life she attended many concerts and professional wrestling matches with her friends and family.
During her growing up years, Ginny frequented the famous Olympic Park in Newark as well as many dance halls, including the Irvington Polish Home and the Belmont Ballroom in Garfield. Over the last several years, she was an active member of the LPPOA Ladies Club, the Lake Parsippany Fishing Club and Friends of the Parsippany Library.
Ginny is predeceased by her dear husband, Sherman D. Roberts, and cherished parents, Charles and Helen Kirn and son-in-law Richard Sheridan. She is survived by her adoring brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Ivy Kirn, as well as her devoted children and their spouses: Anneliese and Steven Bischof of East Wakefield, NH, Joyce and Robert Peslak of Ledgewood, NJ, Richard Roberts and the late Teresa Vlach of Hanover Park, Ill and Deborah and William Kennedy of Epping, NH. She leaves behind nine unforgettable grandchildren: Kylie, Christian and Cara Peslak, Kasey and Brian Sheridan, Nicholas Moore, Zachary Bischof and Sean and Shannon Roberts. Additionally, Ginny leaves her precious niece and nephew, Lori and Keith Kirn, and their families. Ginny enjoyed a multitude of close friends (some since childhood) and neighbors who shared unwavering love, friendship and many fun adventures throughout her life.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Par-Troy Funeral Home 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany or visit us at www.partroyfuneralhome.com.
A burial, service and Celebration of Life is planned for the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, Ginny has requested donations to be made to St. Hubert’s Noah’s Ark https://www.sthuberts.org/adoptable-animals-noahs-ark or Eleventh Hour Rescue https://www.ehrdogs.org/info/donate.