Virginia Hoover, 71

Travel manager, avid gardener

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Virginia Catherine Hoover (nee Schoenbaum), 71, of Forest Park, formerly of River Forest, died quietly on June 11, 2013, surrounded by her family. Born on May 31, 1942, her dream as a child was to become a mom and that was her primary role. Her five children were central to everything in her life. A single parent during a time when there weren't many examples to draw from, she paved her own way, reinventing herself by adding an accomplished 30-year career to her role as mother. She started with Marks Travel in Oak Park where she worked as the bookkeeper for several years until she took a job with Oak Brook Travel, which later became Corporate Travel Management Group, working there until her retirement in 2011. Hard working and organized, she balanced home and work seamlessly with no detail overlooked. An avid gardener, she carefully planned her garden and tended it beautifully.

She leaves a legacy of love and devotion to her children and family, a well-worn passport proving her love of travel, and a passion for progressive politics and social justice.

Ginny Hoover is survived by her children, Tom (Leisa), Caroline (Mike) Brogan, David (Lainie) and Mark (Caren); her grandchildren, Matthew, Devin, Sophia, Lydia and Audrey; her siblings, Tom (Naomi), John (Olga) and Dory (Larry); and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Cecilia (nee Konzal); her sister, Judy; her son, Matthew; her son-in-law, Joe Keeley; and her trusted companion, Moses.

Her life was celebrated with a memorial Mass on June 15 at Ascension Church in Oak Park. Donations to an organization of your choice supporting social justice, progressive politics or women's rights, is appreciated.

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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