Virginia Russell


Virginia “Ginger” Lee Ahlemeyer Russell, 89, of Zephyrhills, Florida, passed away April 28, 2017. The daughter of Arthur Darrell Mast and Ethel Mae Grant Mast Davis, Virginia was born July 19, 1927, in Danville, Illinois.

Virginia worked as the secretary at the Wertz Memorial EUB Church and Arvin Industries in Columbus before finishing her career as the bookkeeper for the Lake County, Indiana, Mental Health Association where her late husband, Charles, was director.

Ginger was very active in her church, took great pride in her home, enjoyed visiting her family, camping and playing games.

Virginia is survived by her children, W. Bruce (Cindy) Ahlemeyer of Indianapolis, David (Peggy) Ahlemeyer of Tucson, Arizona, Susan (Carl) Ortega of Lansing, Illinois and Scott (Tina) Russell of Tampa, Florida; step-children, Ronald (Lori) Russell of Middlebury, Larry (Shirley) Russell of Glendale, Arizona, Brian (Terry) Russell of Beech Grove, Charlene (Ron) Mann of Louisville, Kentucky and Brenda (Mark) VanFossen of Greenwood; her sister, Darla Case of New Port Richey, Florida; 25 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her first husband, William F. Ahlemeyer; her second husband, Charles A. Russell; and a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jack Akin.

A service to celebrate Virginia’s life will be held at noon June 11, 2017, at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, Indiana. Friends may call after 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 or to the First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills, 38635 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills, Florida 33542.

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