Virginia (Ginny) Aderina Kelly Steele, Ginny was born on September 1, 1928 in Boston, MA and lived in Foxboro with her parents Albert D. Kelly and Eula H. Kelly, sisters- Winnie Fournier (deceased), Alberta Ienello (deceased) and brother -Albert. Virginia was married to Robert E. Steele( deceased), July 24, 1948 with whom she had eight children, Cheryl Oakes, James (Jeff), Elaine Fabian, Laura, Bradford, Janet Bruyere, Robert Jr. and Mary Jane (deceased). Ginny passed peacefully at the ripe old age of 88 years on April 22, 2017 at Southridge Rehabilitation and Living Center of natural causes.
Ginny graduated from Foxboro High School in Foxboro, MA, attended Boston Conservatory for two years and then when she was 60 returned to college at the University of Maine and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts(with distinction) in Social Work in 1986. She moved to Florida after her graduation where she worked for the State of Florida as a social worker for 10 years until she retired at the age of 70. She remained active in Florida and traveled worldwide with many friends. She returned to Maine in 2012 to be closer to her family. Ginny took up the cause to make sure that people with disabilities received an education and were treated fairly and that their rights were protected under the law. Ginny was involved in the Democratic Party and democratic convention delegate for many years in Maine, Worked the Polls in Brooksville, FL for many years.) She was involved for many years volunteering with the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the STRAZ. Not only did she do that but she was President of the Volunteer Ushers Guild for a few years While in Maine, she was a notary for several years and got to officiate two of her children’s weddings. Virginia was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Foxboro where she received her first holy communion in June of 1935 and her Confirmation in April 1942.She was a Eucharistic Minister while in Florida.
Ginny considered culture important enough to ensure that we all got to see and appreciate art in as many forms as she could share. I remember going to museums, to the theatre to see Man of La Mancha, The Nutcracker Suite, and Hartford Symphony concerts as a youngster. Music was Ginny’s favorite language.
Ginny helped with her grandchildren and exposed them to music, theater and travel, Jotham, Nathan and Daniel Oakes, Jeffrey (Todd)Steele, Summer Steele Nunez, Joseph and Virginia Boxer, Timothy Steele, Paula Pelkey and Jason Steele, Andrew, Christina and William Bruyere, Nicholas and Madeleine Steele
Ginny enjoyed her great-grandchildren- Noah, Melanna, and Autumn Nunez, Elaine Danielsen, Grayson and Lila Boxer, Olivia and Julianna Saunders, Connor Steele, Rowan Bruyere, Gordon Hutchinson, Adeline Marr, Emmah Marr, Timothy Marr Jr.
Ginny maintained special relationships with others, such as nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws. Brother in-law, Matthew Steele, sister-in-law MaryJane Thompson. Cousins- Ed and Marie Guimond, Connie O’Leary, Betty and Hank Traverse, and their children. Nieces and Nephews, Jill Butler, Gwen, and Philip Fournier, Paula Enos, Marcia Ienello, Chris Ienello (deceased), Lisa Soares, Shelia Ienello, Dina Dedham, Carey Ienello, and James Ienello(deceased). Donna, Vonda, Evleen, Colleen, Berta, Pauline, Tailene, Albert Jr. Kelly, Larry Thompson (deceased), Robert Thompson, Priscilla Hamilton, Sandy Williams, Brian Steele, and Cathy Chaffin.
Ginny made lots of friends all over the world, she touched many lives and they touched her life as well. The “Suffield Gang” for over 60 years. She met many friends in AA and Al-Anon that supported her for over 29 years. There will be a Celebration of Ginny’s life July 26th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Foxboro, MA with interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery immediately following the service.
Hope Memorial Chapel in Biddeford, ME will handle the details. Thanks to Southridge Rehabilitation and Living Center and Compassus Hospice for all the support during Ginny’s final days.
Donations in lieu of flowers, in Ginny’s name.
Waban Projects, Inc.
5 Dunaway Drive
Sanford, ME 04073
Charitable donations may be made to:
Waban Projects, Inc.
5 Dunaway Dr., Sanford ME 04073