Ginny Frank, 89


Ginny Frank (Virginia E. Rechtin) died peacefully at home on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at age 89.

A memorial service for Ginny will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cedarburg, today, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. Visitation will take place immediately before the memorial service from noon until the time of the service. Repass immediately following the service.

Although one of Ginny’s greatest enjoyments in life was gardening and flowers, we would request that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Bethesda Lutheran Home, Time and Talents for Children Inc. or Hands and Voices of Wisconsin.

Ginny was born in Racine and lived there until her junior high school years when she moved to Milwaukee after the death of her parents. She lived with an Aunt and finished grade school at Wisconsin Avenue School and attended West Division High School, where she excelled academically. There she met many lifelong friends.

Before moving to Milwaukee, summers for Ginny and her sister, Rhoda, were spent in Grand Marais, Mich., where their father was a commercial fisherman until his death. Although Ginny no longer went to Grand Marais after grade school, she had lifelong friends from this small U.P. community, losing her last Michigan friend within the last few years. The stories of this small town were always an enjoyment to her daughter, Jody. These stories prompted Jody several times to suggest to her husband that they should retire in this cold Lake Superior town. Jody’s mom encouraged that they do not retire in the cold north.

Ginny married F. Paul Rechtin and together they had three children, James (Linda) Rechtin, Jody (Greg) Hoffmann and Jayne (Max Lipcaman) Barry. In 1953, Paul and Ginny moved their young family to Mequon, choosing to live in the beautiful subdivision of Fairy Chasm.

The Fairy Chasm family was very close, always offering support when needed and a party whether or not it was needed. The women in “The Chasm” taught Ginny how to play bridge, which ended up on the same par as gardening and flowers. She played bridge often, sometimes more than once or twice a week. She played her last game of bridge with Postscripts on Thursday before her death. Ginny is survived by two Fairy Chasm friends and many bridge playing friends.

Ginny was creative and intelligent. She loved word games, puzzles and writing jingles for various contests.

Ginny entered a contest to write a Burma Shave ad.

“Cattle crossing means go slow, that old bull may be some cow’s beau.” This was a winner and the signs were placed in Pennsylvania. She continued throughout her entire life to enter contests and sweepstakes, winning many items, including two cars, the first colored telephone in the community (along with free service for a year), pearls, trips, and the list goes on and on.

On May 26, 1958, Paul Rechtin preceded her in death.

While this was another tragedy in Virginia’s life, it did not take her down. She worked hard and smart to keep her family together and to maintain the Mequon family home. She got a job as the Mequon Thiensville Welcome Wagon hostess so that she could manage her work and be the loving and providing mother that she was. Ginny welcomed the Milwaukee Brave’s “Hammerin’ Hank Aaron” to Mequon along with the Braves’ play-by-play announcer, Blaine Walsh. Almost all the new residents in the late 1950s and early 1960s to Mequon-Thiensville were greeted by Ginny with information about the community and gifts from local merchants. This job is how she met her second husband, Earl A. Frank. She approached Frank Oil Corp. in Thiensville to be one of the welcoming merchants. Earl and Virginia were married in 1960.

After her marriage to Earl, Ginny achieved her real estate sales and broker’s licenses.

She continued her welcoming work by finding homes for many families wanting to move to the Ozaukee Country area. Once again, she excelled in her endeavors, making many new residents content and happy with a new home.

For many years, she was in the million dollar sales club.

Together, Earl and Virginia would travel to their cottage “Up North,” enjoying fishing and relaxing. In the late ’70s in addition to traveling “Up North,” they started to travel to Arizona for the month of March, spending time in Sedona and Green Valley.

Once they sold the cottage, they started to travel with Ozaukee Bank’s Prime Timers. One of those trips fulfilled her lifelong dream of visiting Norway, the country that her grandparents emigrated from.

Although Virginia had a life full of adversity she always believed that things would get better. She would continually tell her children when something was an issue, “go to bed, it will be better in the morning.” It always was.

However, her passing is a painful loss for her children, grandchildren, family and friends. This one time it will not be better in the morning.

We will miss her until we meet her again.

Ginny is survived by her second husband of over 50 years, Earl A. Frank; her three children previously mentioned; two grandchildren, Marcy (Rob) Gretzlock and James (Amanda Kindschy) Hoffmann; four great-grandchildren, Samantha, Megan, Jordan and Jacob Gretzlock; her sister, Rhoda (Tom) Quinlan; sister-in-law, Evelyn Kohlwey; 17 nieces and nephews; 22 grand-nieces and grand-nephews and greatgreat- nieces and nephews; her lifelong friends, Janet Bartos, Dorothy Mietz and Marge Buchman. This is a beautiful and bountiful family of loved ones for someone who came from a small family.

For online condolences, please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.