Virginia Wilkinson

Obituary of Virginia Wilkinson

Virginia Mary (Corio) Wilkinson died on Friday 2 December 2011, at Acorn Glen assist-living in Princeton. She was 90 years old and lived her whole life in New Jersey. She was born on 8 March 1921, in Jersey City, N.J. She grew up in East Orange before moving with her family to Princeton Jct. in 1937. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1938. During World War II, she worked at the RCA Laboratories where she met her husband-to-be. She was married to Wm. C. Wilkinson, Jr., on 9 February1946. They lived briefly in Trenton, then Penns Neck, and in 1955 they moved to the family's new home in Princeton. Ginny, with her wonderful sense of humor and warm nature, was well known in Princeton. She always had time for her many friends. She was an active member of the St. Paul's Parish Altar and Rosary Society for many years, and a member of the Catholic Daughters. She worked for a number of years at the Cummings Shop on Nassau St, and as a travel agent in Lawrenceville. She was a volunteer at the Princeton Medical Center and she was a Grand-Pal at the Littlebrook School. She was a naturally gifted artist who studied painting in the Princeton area for over 40 years. She was very accomplished in both oil and watercolor, with over 100 works produced. Her favorite pastimes included gardening (if she looked at it, it would grow!), reading, and travel. Her children grew up listening to her singing in the kitchen ("Won't you come home, Bill Bailey, …") while she produced wonderful meals, seemingly without effort. She enjoyed telling jokes and loved to laugh. One of her most daunting skills was the ability to spell anything … matter-of-factly. Happiness for Ginny was time at the shore. And, if she was anxious, she'd bake: Toll-house cookies were often the result. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Wm. C. Wilkinson, Jr. Survivors include her sister and brother-in-law, Mercy A. and Glenn Bruestle of West Windsor; four children, William C. Wilkinson III of Bethesda, Md., Penelope A. Wilkinson of Charleston, S.C., Henry T. Wilkinson of Monticello, Ill., and Matthew A. Wilkinson of Ringoes, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will be held at St. Paul's Church in Princeton Wednesday 7 December with Visitation at 8:45 a.m. and a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. (with burial to follow). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Paul's. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.
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