Virginia Awe

Virginia "Gingy" Awe (Collins)

Saturday, March 15th, 1924 - Saturday, July 27th, 2019
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Awe, Virginia “Gingy” Collins

Died peacefully July 27, 2019 at the age of 95. Beloved mother of Patty Awe Welch (Neal) of Houston, TX; Margaret Awe Callan (Joe) of Minneapolis, MN; Tom Awe (Kathy) of St. Paul, MN; John Awe (Linda) of Minneapolis, MN; Molly Awe Halliday (Marty) of Franklin, TN. Proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren: Virginia Welch Peters and Peter Welch; Patrick and Kathleen Callan; Harry, Elliot, Hattie and Lucy Awe; Emma and Clare Halliday; and Greer and Margot Peters. Preceded in death by her husband, David Awe; parents, Harold and Virginia Collins; and brothers John Michael Collins and Neil Collins. Survived by her sisters Mary Clare Freeman, Margaret Kilby and Patricia Bortscheller.

Gingy was born March 15, 1924 in Rhinelander, WI to Harold and Virginia Collins. In 1944, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps and was assigned to the Signal Corps at Arlington Hall. When WWII ended, she was reassigned to the Pentagon with the rank of Sergeant. Gingy then returned to the University of Wisconsin where she was elected President of her sorority, Alpha Phi, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree. On September 20, 1947, Gingy and David Awe were married in Wausau, WI. After a couple of years in New Jersey, Gingy and Dave moved back to Wisconsin and resided first in Oshkosh, followed by Wauwatosa, De Pere, and Mequon. Gingy was a member of the Milwaukee Curling Club, Woman’s Club of Wisconsin and a truly devoted fan of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers.

A memorial Mass will be held Monday, August 5, 2019 at 3 pm at Alexian Village, 9301 N. 76th St., Milwaukee. Visitation will be held from 2 pm until the start of Mass. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of your choice.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Monday, August 5th, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Alexian Village Chapel
    9301 N. 76th St.
    Milwaukee, WI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Monday, August 5th, 2019 3:00pm
    Alexian Village Chapel
    9301 N. 76th St.
    Milwaukee, WI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 10:48am
Dear Awe Family, Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Gingy was one in a million! We celebrate her well lived life. Much love, Jill, Ferris's,Vanellis
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Geoff Surkamer

Posted at 01:04pm
Wow, what a run! One of the last standing Burgundy Court Bunch. Great memories even so long ago. More so when Mrs Awe came to celebrate our Mom's 60th.
God Bless.
Geoff Surkamer

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Posted at 05:05pm
Our hearts and prayers are with your family. One can only wish for a life as full and well lived as Virginia.
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Seamands & Dambolds

Posted at 11:28am
Our prayers, thoughts and love are for all of you at this difficult time. "Gingy" will remain in our hearts forever. Luv from your TEXAS family
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Posted at 09:46am
I am sorry for you all’s loss. Ginny and my parents were such great friends ❤️ Always loved to hear Gingy’s Laughter ❣️❣️ Kris Dudley

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