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Virginia (Kennedy) Bauder
December 27, 1943 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Virginia Bauder, who peacefully departed this world on September 23, 2023, in Pittsburgh, PA. She was surrounded by her beloved husband of 56 years, Richard, her cherished daughters Heather Neugeboren and Carolyn Crouse, and her sons-in-law, Craig Neugeboren and Dan Crouse.
Virginia's legacy lives on through her devoted husband, her four loving children, her brother David, and the seven adoring grandchildren: Jake, Cole, Caroline, Clay (Crouse), Lauren, Nathan, and Morgan (Neugeboren).
She was a remarkable wife, mother, and grandmother, pouring boundless love, wisdom, companionship, solace, and support into the lives of all fortunate enough to be in her circle. Her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ was both palpable and unwavering, touching the hearts of countless others. Her life was a beacon of faith, guiding friends and family on their own spiritual journeys.
Virginia was a cornerstone and matriarch in the Portersville community, profoundly impacting countless lives with her character, humor, selflessness, and dedication. Her absence will be deeply felt, but we take solace in knowing she is now with her Lord, a destination she eagerly anticipated throughout her life.
While the days leading to her passing were filled with grief and sadness, we also remember the moments of joy and heartwarming memories that defined her remarkable life.
Born as Virginia Kennedy on December 27, 1943, in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, she was affectionately referred to as the "Christmas Gift that they couldn't return" by her family, as her birthday fell so close to the holiday.
To her friends, she was known as Ginni, and to her seven grandchildren, she was Mimi, a name that held a special place in her heart.
Virginia spent her entire life in Western Pennsylvania, growing up in Zelienople and pursuing her education at Finley College, where she became a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. Eventually, she and her husband settled in Portersville, where they made a home for themselves for many years.
Virginia's life was one of service and dedication, including her work as a home décor and antique dealer, and her numerous volunteer roles at the First Presbyterian Church of Portersville for many years, where she touched many lives.
Her welcoming spirit extended beyond her immediate family, as she embraced her sons-in-law, Dan and Craig, as her own from the very beginning. This love and sense of responsibility left an indelible mark on their lives, shaping how they, in turn, embraced their own families and loved ones.
Ginni's legacy is defined by her unconditional love for others, a love that was evident in all her interactions, from the moment she met someone new.
As her family grew with the arrival of her first grandchild, she shifted her focus to nurturing relationships with the next generation, creating unique bonds with each of her grandchildren.
Family gatherings, especially Christmas parties at her Portersville home, were a source of pride for her, exemplifying her commitment to both family and community.
After her family spread to Colorado, she and Dick embarked on frequent road trips to spend quality time with their children and grandchildren. These journeys underscored her dedication to building meaningful connections.
Throughout her life, Virginia was a dedicated volunteer, especially within her church community. Her legacy of service will continue to inspire us all.
Virginia will be dearly missed but never forgotten. Her love, faith, and unwavering commitment to family and community will forever be etched in our hearts. In her memory, let us strive to embody the same love and selflessness she shared with all who were blessed to know her.
There will be a Celebration of Life at The Presbyterian Church of Portersville this Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Kitchen Fund at The Presbyterian Church, 1297 Perry Hwy, Portersville, PA 16051. This is where she volunteered for years with her sister-in-law Liz Bauder.