Virginia Lois (Meylan) Wackerle, age 91 of Sanford, left this world on April 24 to be reunited with her husband on their 73rd wedding anniversary. “Ginny” was born on August 12, 1929 in Bay City, Mi to the late Arnold and Mary (Wirbel) Meylan. She carried her love of the land, to the love of her life, by marrying Lorraine Wackerle and becoming a farmer’s wife. Ginny always said he married her because she could drive a tractor.
Along with raising three children, Ginny had many jobs, (lecturer for Weight Watchers, BeeLine Fashion Sales, door-to-door toy sales and traveling crafter). She excelled at playing many musical instruments by ear. Her athletic accomplishments included volleyball, ice skating, dancing, tennis, bowling and golf. She shot a hole-in-one in her league in her 70’s. Cards, especially Euchre, were another talent; it was an unusual day when she was bested.
When Lorn and Ginny decided to sell the farm and retire to Sanford and winter in Florida, she made beautiful crafts and sold them on the Circuit, the car stuffed with items made during the long winters.
She is survived by her children, Neil (Julie) Wackerle, Lon Wackerle, and Peggy McWherter; grandchildren, Christopher (Andrea), Jonathan (Sarah), and Maddison McWherter; five great grandchildren; sister Jane Newton Smith; sister-in-law, Carolyn Pashak. In addition to her parents, Ginny was predeceased by her husband, and sister Arlene Strefling.
Her three children witnessed her life and death keeping her in her home during the end of her days as she requested.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday May 1, 2021 at Open Door Baptist Church with Rev. Jody Ellis officiating with a luncheon to follow. Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Jerome Township Cemetery, Sanford. Family will receive guest at the Wilson MILLER Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In accordance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ordinance, the limitations of number gathered, mask wearing, and social distancing will be observed. Donations can be made to, Open Door Baptist Church, or Senior Services of Midland County. Special thanks to Heartland Hospice who cared for her with great kindness, and comforted the family during their grief.
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Open Door Baptist Church
6200 Sturgeon, Midland MI 48640
Senior Services of Midland County
4700 Dublin Ave, Midland MI 48642