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Virginia M. "Ginger" Gietl

March 3, 1952 November 17, 2016
Virginia M. "Ginger" Gietl
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Ginger Gietl of Highlands Ranch, died peacefully on Thursday, November 17, 2016 after a courageous battle with a long illness. Ginger was born March 3, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of the late Joseph A. Gietl and Kathleen M. Dalton.

Second to youngest in a family of nine, Ginger grew up surrounded by brothers where she learned to hold her own, whether playing defense in a backyard football game or defending her rights. Her elementary years were spent at St. Valentines in Redford Township, MI, followed by high school at the all girls Catholic Ladywood, graduating in 1970. Through her excellent schooling and her parents’ leadership, Ginger’s Catholic faith was deeply ingrained and provided her with great solace and fortitude throughout her life, and especially through her years of battling health issues.

When Crystal and Bryan were born, they became the light of her life and became her greatest treasures. The three of them lived in Tucson and the Dallas area for many years. Ginger raised them in her Catholic faith and pursued a college education, followed by a long career in Insurance Administration.

Ginger loved to travel and experience new environments, so as her children became adults, she took to traveling professionally, taking her on adventures throughout the country. Though Ginger dreamed of one day living by the water, she also loved all things Colorado from mountain drives and sports to the excitement of Blackhawk and Central City. In 2006, she made that dream a reality after having relocated permanently to Colorado.

Ginger was a true professional who worked hard her entire life, adoring each of her colleagues, as they adored her. Ginger’s friends and colleagues understood and admired her most appealing attributes: how she loved to make people laugh and smile; how she believed in loving thy neighbor and treating everyone with respect; and how she always saw the best in others and never gave up on them. She was exceptionally grateful for the kindness of others and believed in paying it forward. Those are things that will be deeply missed.

The Detroit Redwings, Tigers and Lions, as well as the Denver Broncos will have one less very passionate fan. Her dog Bandit will miss her loving touch, her friends and family will miss her warm, relentless spirit, but most of all, Crystal and Bryan will miss their best friend every day. Rest in Peace, Sweet Ginger.

Ginger is survived by her beloved children Bryan, Crystal and husband Karl, Jennifer, and siblings Judy Carter, Bob (Karen), Jerry (Joyce), Dan (Donna), Paul (Kathy), and Jim (Kathy), as well as countless nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom (Carol) and the Rev. Father Joseph Gietl.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 21, 2016 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, burial will follow at 1:00 PM, at Olinger Mt. Lindo in Morrison, CO.

Online condolences, photos and memories are most welcomed and may be submitted here at Ellis Family Services, visit Ginger's Tribute Wall.

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Service

Monday

21

Nov

11:00 AM 11/21/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Thomas More Catholic Church

8035 South Quebec Street
Centennial, CO 80112

Funeral Mass.

St. Thomas More Catholic Church
8035 South Quebec Street Centennial 80112 CO
United States

Graveside

Monday

21

Nov

1:00 PM 11/21/2016 1:00:00 PM
Mount Lindo

5928 S. Turkey Creek Rd.
Morrison, CO 80465

Inurnment.

Mount Lindo
5928 S. Turkey Creek Rd. Morrison 80465 CO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Mount Lindo Final Resting Place

5928 S. Turkey Creek Rd.
Morrison, CO 80465

5928 S. Turkey Creek Rd. Morrison 80465 CO
United States
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