Ginny has joined her Higher Power and beloved husband Robert Graham in the next step of her journey to celebrate a new beginning in heaven. Ginny was also preceded to our Heavenly Father by her great-grandson, Christos Kalagis. We cherish the positive memories of our Mother and are grateful for her love and devotion to us.
Ginny was born in Cleveland Heights, OH to Mary and Harry S. Kartsher, 9/9/26. She graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and also attended Miami University in Oxford, Oh. She married her college sweetheart, Robert Graham, on December 25, 1946.
She was a very special person to her “family” in Alcoholics Anonymous, having lead countless meetings and sponsoring many people through their sobriety. While giving a lot to AA, she received much more than she gave in terms of love, self-respect, friendships and personal growth. Ginny’s nick-name “Ginny, Sure As Heck” came from her testimony at meetings, where she’d say “My name is Ginny, and I’m sure as heck an alcoholic”!
Ginny worked for Lansing Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, and CATA, and had an engraving business. She was quite active in Meals On Wheels, DeWitt Retreat, and Women of Unity.
Ginny will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her family, daughters, Linda Loveless, Mary Jo Carpenter (Mike), and Robin Turner (Jesse); grandchildren Amy House and Traci VanRensselaer, Ali Zachary, Janette Kalagis-Foster, Graham, Shaunna, Hillary, and Spencer Turner, and nine great-granddaughters.
The family would like to express their appreciation to those who cared for Ginny in her last days from Heartland Hospice, Burcham Hills Retirement Center, and her Primary Care Provider Laura. You eased our Mother and family on to her next step in her journey with dignity and respect, and we thank you.
A memorial service will be held at 11:0o a.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1315 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.