Virginia S. “Ginny” Javen­koski passed away Dec. 1, 2019.

She was born May 8, 1926, to Kamilia and Frank Bonk in Chicago, Ill. 

Mother to Paul Javen­ko­ski, Gerald (Laura) Javen­ko­ski, Kay Javenkoski, Richard (Mary) Javenkoski and Laura (Kevin) Klebs; grandmother to Carrie (Marc) Simon, Sarah (Adam) Ranum and Michelle (Robert) Phulps; great-grandmother to West­ley Simon, Griffin, Austin and Alexandrea Phulps; great-great-grandmother to Jose­phi­na Phulps; aunt to Pat Bak, Susan Fitz, Thadine Bak, Fred Bak and Stephanie Bak; sister to the late Dr. Thaddeus Bak and Bruno Bak; best friend to the late Velma Bak. 

Virginia moved to Three Lakes, Wis., in 1946, to marry Harry Javenkoski.

After her husband’s death on July 15, 1969, Virginia began her career as Children’s Librarian at Edward U. Demmer Memorial Library and was recognized by the Three Lakes School District with the Friend of Education award in 1998.

When she retired after 34 years, her love of books continued by reading historical novels, political pundits and celebrity memoirs.

Ginny was a champion Scrabble player as anyone who played against her can attest and loved finding new words to confuse her opponent. She had a standing date every Wednesday with her son, Jerry, to test his word skills.

Each spring she looked forward to receiving seed catalogs and planning her garden, which had to include her favorite sunflowers. A Van Gogh sunflower print had a prominent place on her living room wall. Finding seeds for Polish tomatoes and perfecting their flavor and size were her challenge.

Harvest brought out the pressure canner, resulting in a variety of vegetables and fruits to be enjoyed during the winter.

Queen Elizabeth and Ginny shared the same birth year and this past May she sent Her Majesty a birthday card and in return received a thank-you note written by Elizabeth’s lady in waiting on behalf of the queen. Everyone who came to visit was allowed to read the envelope with the royal postage stamp.

There never was a stray cat Ginny turned away or refused to adopt from another cat lover. Her home always had a furry friend sleeping on a chair or in bed with her and she delighted in finding unusual names for all of them.

Ginny’s life stories, kindness and sense of humor will be missed by many.

Services will be held at St. Theresa Church in Three Lakes with family welcoming guests on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m., Mass at 11 and a luncheon afterward.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Edward U. Demmer Library in Three Lakes would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River, Wis. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.

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