Virginia Shafer

Virginia Anne ""Ginny"" Shafer

Sunday, March 20th, 1932 - Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
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Virginia Anne “ Ginny” M. Shafer, 88 of Groton, NY died peacefully at home on October 15, 2020.

She was born March 20, 1932, in Cortland, NY, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Esther Cushner Miller.

Having been a lifelong area resident she had been a 1950 graduate of Groton High school and graduating in 1954 from Hobart William Smith College where she had earned her teaching degree. She had achieved her graduate studies at Cornell and went onto teaching World and American history. Her first teaching job was it Ellenville, NY followed by Groton and then retiring from Cortland City School District. She had also served as assistant Dean at SUNY Cortland.

Ginny was a communicate of St. Anthony’s Church in Groton where she had served on the finance committee and as Eucharistic Minister. She was a 63 year member of the Groton Columbia Club and had served as a board member on the Groton housing committee as well as a board member of the Collie Club of Central New York, a member of the Collie Club of America and she had been on the alumni committee for Groton Central School and she enjoyed going to the theater at CRT and she and her late husband had faithfully spent every summer in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. She and her husband had professionally shown collies for many years and we’re known for the blue ribbon dogs.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Katherine S. Wickwire, special friend, Christine Hodges, brother-in-law, John (Susan) Shafer. Cousins, Kevin and Kathy Gain, Mary Esther (Edward) Ellis, Lois Ann (Ronald) Points, Lynn (Walter) Sanders and Mary Karen Miller. God-daughter, Christina (Jon) Snyder and God-son, Andrew Walker. She leaves behind many devoted friends and providers that enabled her to live at home. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Frederick in 2011.

The family would like to thank special friends, Irene Gutchess and Dena Sinigen and her staff for providing special care and making her final weeks at home blessed.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 20th at 10:30 AM at St. Anthony’s Church in Groton. Interment will follow in St. Anthony Cemetery. As per NY State guidelines, masks and social distancing are required.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Groton Public Library or to St. Anthony’s Church.

Condolences may be made on her guest book at www.zirbelfuneral
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 10:30am
    St. Anthony's Catholic Church
    312 Locke Road
    GROTON, NY 13073
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Fr. Daniel Puiz-Sierra
  • Interment

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
    St. Anthony's Cemetery
    Clark St
    GROTON, NY 13073
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Lynnette brown

Posted at 09:27pm
On behalf of my mother grace romaine hedlund she sends her condolences to the family. Grace was a schoolmate of jinnys and graduated with her

Constance Chase

Posted at 03:20pm
My sincere condolences to Ginny's family and dear friends! I taught at Cortland City Schools with Ginny and Fred, they were both very kind and supportive of us new teachers coming into the district. God blessed us with an amazing, talented lady. May she rest in peace until we meet again.

Karen Williams

Posted at 02:52pm
I remember Mrs. Shafer I had her as a teacher in school. One of my favorite teachers. I also had her husband as a teacher. My sincerest condolences to your family. Thank you for being a positive role model during my teenage years.

Linda Bonavia

Posted at 02:21pm
Ginny was a fine example of a perfect lady and a dedicated teacher. She was a long time member of the Groton Columbian Club, always willing to support its programs and endeavors and an eager participant and learner.Her love of her special collies was evident in her care and pride for them. She will be missed.
Linda Bonavia

Posted at 11:42am
Sincerest condolences to family and friends. Had the pleasure of working with Ginny as we knew her in the Cortland High faculty. She was a dedicated educator. Rest in peace.

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