Obituary for Virginia Ann Lemken (Salines)
With a very heavy heart, the family of Virginia Ann Salines Lemken announce the death of their beloved Mother. Virginia went to heaven peacefully and gracefully in her sleep, at home in Joppatowne, Maryland on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the age of 80.
Born on October 14, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, Virginia was raised in the Bronx and became known as Ginger and Ginny. She was born, the youngest daughter of Vincent James and Isabella Ajello Salines. She is survived by her children; Lisa Marie Lemken Lebow and husband Dr. Richard Lebow; Deborah Lynn Lemken Kennedy and husband Thomas Kennedy, Vincent James Anthony Lemken and wife Josephine Lemken, and Robert William Salines Lemken and wife Althea Lemken. Ginny is also survived by her Grandchildren, Hunter Lebow, Louise Lemken, Kent Lemken, Shea Kennedy, Winn Lemken and many extended family members. Ginny is predeceased by her parents and her only sibling, her sister Aileen.
Ginny was blessed to be born into a large and colorful family. She always said that as a child she didn’t have or need any friends; all her friends were her first cousins! Ginny’s big Italian Catholic family with it’s endless supply of love, support and entertainment is something she cherished all of her life. Ginny was educated in the family tradition at Sacred Heart Villa School in Dobbs Ferry, NY and later at Evander Child High School in New York City, New York. After high school Ginny attended The New York Foundling School of Nursing in New York City. Ginny had a lively career in Manhattan before marrying Robert W. Lemken and relocating to Baltimore, Maryland. While she lived and raised her family in Maryland, she always considered New York her home.
Ginny’s adult life focused on her children, her church and her work. Ginny loved her little town on the water in Joppatowne, MD and her many friends. After being raised in the hustle and bustle of NYC, she loved the fact that her children could live a more rural lifestyle on the Gunpowder River, attend local schools and know absolutely everybody! For years upon years she could be seen and heard cheering on her children and their teammates in tennis matches and lacrosse games throughout the Mid‐Atlantic. She particularly loved the college years of her youngest child, Robert (Bubba). Every spring she would make the weekly trip to NJ and elsewhere to root on the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers Lacrosse and loved every minute of it! She was very proud of all of her children and being a mother was her greatest joy in life.
Ginny was a devout Catholic and a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Joppatowne for more than 52 years. Her empathy for others translated to her work and volunteer work. For many years Ginny shopped for and fed the homeless in shelters of Harford County every Friday. Ginny cheerfully greeted and helped the patients and families arriving at Upper Chesapeake Hospital working in the Concierge Division of the hospital for 20 years. Helping others in need is where Ginny lived her life.
Visitation will take place at the E.F. Lassahn Funeral Home, P.A. 11750 Belair Rd., Kingsville, MD on Sunday, February 11, 2018, between the hours of 3:00‐5:00pm and 7:00‐9:00pm. A Catholic funeral mass will take place on Monday, February 12, 2018, at 11:00am, with reception to follow, at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 540 Joppa Farm Rd., Joppatowne, MD. Final mass and Christian burial will take place on Tuesday February 13, 2018, at 1:00pm, with reception to follow, at The Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, Westchester County, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warriors at www.woundedwarriorproject.org; (877) 832‐6997.