Virginia Atwater

    Virginia “Ginnie” Atwater, 82, of Lawton, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at her home. She was born May 16, 1936, in Kalamazoo, the daughter of the late Tony and Alice (Miles) Stimac.
    Ginnie was active with her family, their home was the “neighborhood house.” She was a Brownie troop leader, softball coach and player. She enjoyed bingo and bowling, and loved trips to the casino to play the slots. Most of all, Ginnie was an avid reader.
    Some of her jobs over the years included, a soda jerk at Spade’s Drug Store, Stimac’s Nursery, her husband’s gas station, Chuck’s  Standard, and deli manager at the Paw Paw Shopping Center. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. Growing up was not easy for Ginnie and her family. They were hardworking, and she spent her time working on the family farm.
    On Dec. 19, 1953, she married the love of her life, Jerry Atwater, who preceded her in death,  July 29, 2009.
    She is survived by her four daughters, Barb and Jim Alden of Paw Paw, Patti and Tim Barnes of Lawton, Nancy and  Pat Laskovy of Lawton, and Liz Atwater of Lawton; three grandchildren, Alison and Tony Cirino of Paw Paw, Natalie Alden of Oshtemo, Tony and Sarah Atwater of Paw Paw; six great-grandchildren, Hadlee Cirino, Hudson Cirino, Milo Alden, Trey Barnes, Sadie Atwater and Harper Atwater; her loving canine companion, Buddy; and two brothers, Clarence and Linda Stimac of Paw Paw, and Joseph  Stimac of Paw Paw.
    In addition to her husband, Virginia was preceded in death by her sister, Maggie Goodard; daughters, Judy Atwater and Mary K. Marr; and her granddaughter, Amber Burnett.
    The family will receive friends today (Friday, April 5), from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home, 502 West Michigan Ave, Paw Paw. A life celebration will follow at the funeral home, Saturday April 6, at 11 a.m. with the  Rev. Tim Gunderson officiating. Cremation will follow services. Ginnie will be laid to rest at Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawton, at a later date.
    Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.


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