Ginger Folgers, 75

Church music director, organist

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Virginia (Ginger) Folgers, nee Kickert, died peacefully in her home on Sept. 17, 2012 of cancer. Born in Oak Park in 1937, Virginia went to Oak Park and River Forest High School (class of '55) and attended Wheaton College and the University of Hawaii (class of '60). She was married for 54 years to her husband and high school sweetheart, Kenneth Folgers.

Mrs. Folgers earned a Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University, Chicago in 1977. She worked as director of music, organist and choir director at various churches, including First Presbyterian of River Forest and Elmwood Park Presbyterian. She served as an adjunct professor of organ at Concordia and also loved teaching piano, which she did for many years.

She found joy in serving others through volunteering with Young Life, Salvation Army, and Grace Lutheran Church. She was also active with the local PEO. She had a great gift of hospitality and loved nothing more than spending time with her 14 grandchildren. Her greatest joys in life were her family and using her God-given musical talents to serve the Lord. She will be missed by her loving family and many dear friends.

She is survived by her husband, Ken; her two sons, Kent (the late Rose) and Neal (Elizabeth); her Two daughters; Sarah (William) Ray and Amy (Kevin) O'Keefe; her grandchildren, Melanie, Margaret and Madeline; Morgan, Ashtyn, Kierstyn and Benjamin; Elizabeth, Jonathan, Caroline, and Daniel; and Christopher, Molly and Sean.

Memorial visitation will take place on Wednesday Sept. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division St., River Forest. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 20, in Grace Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Grace Lutheran Church and School are appreciated.

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