Virginia Hitchcock

Oscoda MI and Safety Harbor FL

Virginia Hitchcock, 89, died July 14, 2015 in Lansing MI of emphysema.  Born December 27, 1925 in Dearborn MI to Anna (Sberneciu) and Arsene Ghetia, she was the WWII bride of Maurice E. Hitchcock, married December 10, 1942 in Lakewood NY.  She was a devoted mother of three and excellent cook; a Ford Motor Company retiree and later married Norbert E. Nowicki, November 8, 1988, in Safety Harbor, FL.  Her greatest love was her family.  She also enjoyed overseas travel (Greece, Italy, Germany, Malaysia and Hong Kong) and playing the slot machines at the casino.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands; two brothers:  Emil and David Ghetia; two sisters:  Silvia Taylor and Anne Yaeger; her son Maurice E. Hitchcock, Jr. and daughter Gail MacGregor Sheridan.

She is survived by sister Victoria (Andrew) Hild, Dearborn MI; daughter Leslie (Thomas) Friedrich, Holt MI; step-son Timothy (Doris) Nowicki, Livonia MI; seven grandchildren:  Jeffrey (Darla) Hitchcock, New Baltimore MI; Melissa MacGregor, Muskegon MI; Michael Hitchcock, Macomb MI; Mark Friedrich (Izabela), Holt MI; Erin MacGregor, Oscoda MI; Jacqueline Hitchcock, Ferndale MI; Adam Friedrich, Lakewood CO; seven great-grandchildren:  Haley, Justin and Kalyn Hitchcock, Aubrey Friedrich, Alexis Odell and Allee Goslee, Macy MacGregor; two step-grandchildren:  Michael and Janice Nowicki; daughters and sons-in-law:  Joan Orlando, Yvonne Pipia, Allan MacGregor, Mark Sheridan; dear friends Michael (Lori) Flaherty, Marion Hough, Rose Hodzen, Darleen Flaherty and by many beloved nieces and nephews.

Visitation October 3, 2015, at 10 a.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 East St Joe Highway, Lansing, MI, 48917; Victory Service at 11 a.m. with burial in Spring Lake Cemetery, Spring Lake, MI later in the afternoon, Pastor Bill Wangelin officiating.  Donations may be made in her memory to Smile Train or Our Savior Lutheran Contemporary Music Ministry. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.

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July 16, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Miss you, Mom, but I will see you soon. Spent the day thinking about you and planning your memorial service including lots of music. John, whose piano playing you loved, and Pastor Wangelin will prepare something awesome!! Will be singing for you one more time. Until then, tell Gail, Dad, and Morry “Hi” from me! Love you all.

Darleen Roth Flaherty
July 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Virginia Hitchcock was an awesome lady. I met her back around 1975 and loved her immediately. Twinkling eyes, sunny disposition, willing to help train a new Ford Motor Company co-worker in the fine details of the “Stationery Stores” operations, and a most interesting story teller — she was a very hard working person who paid great attention to the details of her job. I admire that in a person! As the new kid on the block, she set a fine example for me to follow. And in our retirement years, it was fun to spend time with her in Safety Harbor, Florida. She’s now in Heaven, and I hope to meet her again at some future time.

Ted Gauley
July 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

God Bless Mrs. Hitchcock and her family and God Speed her on to heaven!

Barbara Lee
September 29, 2015 at 4:55 pm

So sorry for your loss Leslie. She is beautiful! She sounds like she did what she wanted to do and had a great time. Thinking of you and yours.


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