Virginia Pepe “Ginger” Steinaker, 90, of Watertown
Watertown – Virginia Pepe “Ginger” Steinaker, 90, of Cooper Street , passed away Saturday morning, April 13 after a fall in the basement at her home.
Calling hours will be from 4 to7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc, 214 Sterling Street , Watertown.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Reverend Jonas Tandayu, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
The family wishes donations in her name to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church , 320 W. Lynde St. , Watertown , NY 13601.
She was born December 6, 1922, in Watertown , daughter of Louis and Rosa (Muglia) Pepe. As a child she grew up among family and relatives in Watertown ’s Italian American community on the west side. In high school she won first place in the New York State shorthand competition. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1940.
She married Werner J. Steinaker on March 25, 1944, at St. Anthony’s Church, Watertown . Her husband was on leave from his US Army Air Force assignment in Fairbanks , AK . Mr. Steinaker died on December 27, 2011.
In 1947 she moved to the Cooper Street residence where she has lived since. A communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, she was active in Sacred Heart Parish functions including the Altar & Rosary Society. She was instrumental in beginning the library program at Sacred Heart School. She was active in Home Bureau.
Her hobbies included baking, knitting and gardening. She won several blue ribbons at the Jefferson County Fair for her flowers and knitted entries.
She is survived by a son, Donald L. Steinaker, Poughkeepsie; a daughter, Susan Steinaker Green and her husband, Raymond G. Green, Largo, FL; two grandchildren, Amy Bender and husband, Jason, Largo, FL, and Kristopher Green and wife Jennifer, San Diego, CA; a great-grandson, Conner Bender; and several nieces and nephews.
She is survived by a sister, Mary M. (Peggy) Marks, Watertown.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Frank J. Pepe, who was killed in the Midtown Towers fire in December 1989, and a sister, Lena Caldwell of Warren, PA, who passed away in October 2011.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Watertown, NY
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