Virginia G. Iwinski

Born: Tue., Aug. 23, 1921
Died: Thu., Apr. 27, 2017


10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Sat., May 13, 2017
Location: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church

Memorial Mass

10:30 AM Sat., May 13, 2017
Location: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church

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Virginia G. Iwinski, age 95, passed away on April 27, 2017  at St. Leonard’s Franciscan Living Community in Centerville, Ohio. She was born to the late Antonia Cieslewicz and Walter Bronikowski on August 23, 1921 in Toledo, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 65 years, John A. Iwinski, Jr.; and her siblings, Irene Stueller, Patricia and Jacqueline Bronikowski, Donna Jean Jimenez, and Donald, Walter, and Raymond Bronikowski.
She is survived by children, Carol Michaels of Evergreen, Colorado; John (Susan)  Iwinski, of Kettering, Ohio; Kathleen(Manuel) Cabral, of Waikele, Hawaii; and brother David Bronikowski  of Toledo;  6 grand-children and 14 great-grandchildren.
Virginia was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Toledo for 40 years, where she administered Eucharistic Service at Mass and provided Communion for the sick. She helped at all parish activities and in the cry room on Sundays. Virginia used her sewing skills to create unique baptism stoles for babies and RCIA candidates. Her devotion to helping others was a life-long trait—beginning as the oldest of a large family and continuing through projects like clipping coupons for military families even when her mobility decreased. She delighted her friends with her baking talents, and single-handedly started a library at St. Stanislaus Kostka Elementary School in Toledo in the early 1960s. Her career as a sales associate at LaSalles, Macy’s and Elder Beerman, all in Toledo, always came second to her role as wife, mother and grandmother. Every year from 1958 through 2004, Virginia and her husband John made an annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Consolation in Cary, Ohio. After retirement, John and Virginia indulged in a love of travel, which expanded to include additional visitations to several Catholic shrines, multiple cruise vacations and 29 visits to Hawaii. Their last pilgrimage was to St. Anne’s in Rome. Virginia continued her volunteer work when she moved to St. Leonard’s, making rosaries for the missions, assisting the older residents with transportation and activities, and at the Wellness Center. Both John and Virginia loved living at St. Leonard’s and called the campus their second home since 2005.  
A Memorial Funeral Mass will be held Saturday May 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where the family will receive visitors after 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to St. Leonard’s Franciscan Living Community in Centerville, Ohio.

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