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“Cathy and Joey -So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. it sounds like she is in a better place now. i can still remmeber her wonderful...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: RANDY YOUNG - Fort Wayne, IN

“I adored Ginne and have so many fond memories of time spent with her and the family during my teens and 20's. I still remember what fun we had the...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Elizabeth (Cheryl) Brown - IN

“Cathy & Joey your mom sure sounds like a fascinating & unique lady with many interests & things that made her special. She must have provided you...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: cheryl Balle - fort Wayne, IN

“I remember the wonderful and relaxed afternoons I somethimes spent with Mitchell as a baby at Ginne's (Baba's) house. She was always so happy when we...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Sina Trautmann-Lengsfeld

“We certainly are thinking of you, Julia & family, as we recall your wonderful Grandma. We have more than 25 years of memories of the friendly, fun,...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Jack & Bev Vickerman - Seattle, WA

“I feel honored to have known Ginny and Joe! We enjoyed many interesting political discussions. Ginny was the most faithful water aerobics member. ...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Kathy Nodolf - Shawano, WI

“Joe & Jenne own a root beer stand on Rudisal fifty odd years ago.Jenne's Mom & Dad ran it Ab &JULIE FRANKE I WORK FOR THEM WONDERFUL PEOPLE WILL...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Bledsoe - New Haven, IN

“My sympathies, Cathy. Thinking of you and praying for you during this time. Made me smile to know your mom was a Delta Gamma like I am. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Jillian Schepis - Fort Wayne, IN

“We know this is both a sad and happy time for your family, sad that your mother or grandmother no longer is with you, but happy she is with Joe and...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Martha J Banks - Chicago, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Virginia and her family.Dr. Bussick and the Bussick Orthodontic Staff ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Timothy Bussick - Fort Wayne, IN

“My sympathies, Cathy and Joey. Another member of the Stratford bus riders is gone. Am out of town, and can't attend your services. All the best. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: John Kowalczyk - Fort Wayne, IN

“When I was in high school Joe and Ginne bought the house next door to our family on Florida Drive. They became an integral part of our family life...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Connie Mettler - Fort Wayne, IN

“Ginne was an incredible woman. As a child I would play at their house. Ginne was sweet, beautiful, loving and very creative. She had such love for...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Leslie Giffin - Chicago, IL


Virginia "Ginne" Christoff, age 88, passed away at North Woods Village Thursday, July 26, after a several year experience with dementia. Ginne was a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. She was a graduate of North Side High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington where she joined the Delta Gamma sorority and obtained her Bachelor's Degree as well as her Master's Degree in Library Science. She married the love of her life, Joseph Christoff, and together they returned to Fort Wayne where she taught school for seven years until the birth of her first child, at which time she became a full time mother. Ginne always dreamed of designing a home and she designed and oversaw the building of her home on Aboite Center Road next door to her best friend, Pat Wilson where she lived over 50 years. She was involved in every facet of the construction and corresponded and met on site with renowned industrial designer Russell Wright to complete the final details. Her home was her pride and joy. Ginne loved to read and discuss ideas. She loved her book club, and also enjoyed volunteering at the Junior League. In later years she also enjoyed a good political debate. She loved art, music, and books, and had the rare gift of being able to go out into the woods only to return with a bundle of wildflowers and twigs which she turned into a beautiful centerpiece. Ginne loved arranging flowers, decorating packages, watching birds, gardening, playing tennis and golf, swimming and spending time with her beloved husband, children and grandchildren, and her many friends. She was a wonderful grandmother and instilled a love of reading in all of her grandchildren. Ginne was an amazingly beautiful woman inside and out. She will be missed but is finally with her husband Joe where she will be happiest. Ginne is survived by her daughter, Catherine S. Christoff, her son, Joseph A. Christoff, her grandchildren Julia Haller, Christoff Haller, Kate Colcord,
Mitchell Christoff and Natalie Virginia Christoff. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Charles Franke and Julia Sue Franke, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who were more like siblings as she was an only child. There will be a Celebration of Life Open House at the Fort Wayne Country
Club, 5221 Covington Road, Fort Wayne Friday, August 3rd, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A private family service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers preferred memorials to the National Fragile X Foundation, 1861 International Drive, Suite 200, McLean, VA 22102, fragilex.org; the Allen Public Library Foundation, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, donate@acpl.lib.in.us; and Friends of the Parks of Allen County, Inc., P.O. Box 10152, Fort Wayne, IN, 46850-0152, yeaparks.com.