Wednesday, July 15, 2015
7:00 PM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Canton, West of Sheldon
45100 Warren Rd.
Canton, MI 48187
Thursday, July 16, 2015
10:30 AM EDT
St Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church
555 S. Lilley (south of Cherry Hill)
Canton, MI 48187
Instate at the church 10am
Life Story / Obituary
Although she experienced so many of the best things that life has to offer, Virginia Moore’s family was first and foremost in her heart and life. She lived to love and nurture her family, and nothing was better than becoming a grandmother and great-grandmother. Virginia was a hardworking woman who wholeheartedly applied herself to every task that came her way. Even when the way before her wasn’t easy, Virginia was a courageous woman with an unwavering faith that was her strength, her peace, and her joy. Life will never be the same without Virginia here, but she leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that her loved ones will forever cherish.
It was great to be an American during the 1920s. It was a vibrant time of discovery when innovation was leading the way to new horizons. Radios, washing machines, and motion pictures in both color and sound were signs of the time while Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh transformed the world of flight. Amidst this colorful time was the year 1923 that was filled with great anticipation for John and Frances Rutkowski as they were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as the heat of the summer held the city of Detroit, Michigan, firmly in its grip. The big day finally arrived on August 14th when the baby girl they named Virginia Adeline, made her arrival. She was one of nine children to be raised in the family home in the Polish neighborhood surrounding "St. Francis D’Assisi Church” alongside her siblings, Agnes, Edward, Celia, Monica, Marion, Leona, Frances, John. Virginia’s parents were hardworking Polish immigrants, and her heritage was important to her throughout her life.
In many ways, Virginia was a young girl of her generation. She enjoyed playing jacks and kick the can in the alley with neighborhood friends. As a teen she loved dancing and regularly visited supper clubs with her sisters and friends. There were also visits to Bob-Lo Island in Detroit. The youth of her generation were certainly resourceful, and to get where she needed to go Virginia simply walked or at times she rode on the street cars along Michigan Avenue. Virginia attended local schools, but she left Western High School during the 11th grade to help support the family through her work as these were the dark days of the Great Depression.
New and exciting changes were in store for Virginia when she met the young man of her dreams. His name was Walter Moore and they met at a rehearsal dinner held at her family home. Sparks flew right from the start, and it wasn’t long before they were deeply in love. With a desire to establish a life together, Virginia and Walter were married at St. Francis D'Assisi on September 18, 1943, while he was home on leave as he was serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII.
Before she married, Virginia worked at Essex Wire. She left the work force after her marriage and focused her attention on her home. Together she and her husband were blessed to welcome six children into their hearts and home including Christine, Theresa, Eileen, Marilyn, Kenneth, and Laura. Virginia dedicated herself to caring for her home and family. Extended family was always vitally important, and Sundays usually found them visiting their grandmother. There were also plenty of times that several adult family members gathered to play cards while the cousins all had way too much fun playing together. There were always large family gatherings for all holidays, picnics, birthdays, baptisms, weddings, or just a summer barbecue. Both Virginia and Walter took great pride in their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Virginia defined her unwavering strength and faith in her life time as she buried two daughters. Eileen, her third daughter, died after a heart-breaking battle with brain cancer in 1974. Christine, her oldest daughter was born with Downs Syndrome. Virginia insured that Christine was always considered a blessing to those around her until her life ended in 2012. She loved nothing more than seeing her younger generations be successful and happy.
Even though caring for her family was her primary focus, Virginia also kept busy in other ways. Once her children were older, she began working outside of the home to keep Walter from having to get a second job. Virginia worked at J.L. Hudson for a short time and then went to work at Montgomery Ward and retired after 23 years of dedicated service. Faith was always a cornerstone in Virginia’s life, and she was a longtime member of St. Suzanne parish in Detroit. She and her husband were a very social couple who regularly did things within their tight knit community including their neighborhood card club, When they moved to Canton, they joined St. Thomas a'Becket and continued their faith journey. They were members of the Stay 50 club. Virginia enjoyed many casino trips and monthly Bunco club, all while dressed to the nines. As her family and friends can attest, Virginia loved shopping, and she never could have enough clothes. In fact, she was known to buy more than one of the same outfit a time or two! Wanting to look her best, she religiously got her hair done every week. Virginia loved playing Bingo, listening to big band music, watching the Detroit Tigers, Lawrence Welk and Game Show Network. At all family gatherings the celebration concluded with a variety of card and dice games, especially Farkle. Virginia had a reputation for many comeback wins. She loved to try her luck at scratch off lottery tickets, unfortunately she never "hit it big". Virginia remained sharp by reading the daily newspaper and completing word search puzzles. She was successful at learning to play casino games on her own I pad.
With unending love and devotion to her family, Virginia Moore was a blessing to everyone she met. She lived life to the fullest, even taking two cruises and wintering in Florida after the death of her husband. She often reminded her family "to go with the flow". Filled with a quiet strength and a gracious courage, Virginia was an inspiration to everyone she met. She will never be forgotten.
Virginia Moore died on July 10, 2015. Beloved wife of 70 years to the late Walter. Virginia’s family includes her children, Terri (Glenn) Moore, Marilyn (Blair) Gornowich, Kenneth (Diane), Laura (Ernest) Sommerville; 10 grandchildren, Matthew (Melissa), Adam (Nichole), Jeffrey, Douglas (Sheila), Philip (Jessie), Lukas, Bradley, Daniel, Jillian, and Paul; and 8 great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Isabelle, Sophia, William, Nathan, Melanie, Grace, Ryan, and a new arrival expected in January 2016. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, and her daughters, Christine and Eileen. Visitation will be held on Tuesday 5-9 and Wednesday 2-9 with scripture service 7 p.m. at Neely-Turowski Life Story Funeral Home 45100 Warren (West of Sheldon). Instate Thursday 10 a.m. until mass 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas a’Becket Catholic Church 555 S. Lilley (South of Cherry Hill). Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery. You may sign the guest book and share memories and photos at www.TurowskiLifeStory.com prior to arriving at the funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Angela Hospice.