Virginia Mae “Ginny” Leclerc was born in Chicago, Illinois to Joseph and Daisy Klein on August 1, 1932, the middle of 5 children. She was baptized at the Evangelical Lutheran church of Saint Luke on February ninth, 1941. Her parents believed in providing a good Christian Education for their children and moved to be close to the church school so that they could go there. One of her fondest childhood memories is singing in the children’s choir on the escalator of a department store at Christmas time.
After her father almost died from a burst appendix, the family moved to Las Vegas for the drier climate. She graduated from Las Vegas High School and met her husband at a USO dance. Virginia and Louis “Rusty” Leclerc were married on September 16, 1953.
Ginny worked in the banks until she had her first child and then she stayed at home until her youngest was in middle school. “Staying at home” for our family meant moving 49 times in twenty-three years, including overseas locations like England and Singapore. Wherever Rusty’s job would take us, Ginny would make sure to hang up curtains and find a church home for her family. Every location always felt like home.
Ginny began her second career in 1976 as a real estate agent that lasted until her retirement in 2000. During that time, she became a broker and owned her own franchise, Century 21 Award realty.
Her favorite job was being Maga to her 8 grandchildren. She was always there to read a book, hug or give advice. She always asked the hard questions and always showered them with love.
Ginny had two sayings that really reflect the essence of who she was: “Been there, done that….” and “God loves me best.” Both were most certainly true.
Ginny was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. It was discovered in her bones in 2014 and she passed away on June 20, 2017.
Ginny was preceded in death by her parents, two of her siblings, Peter and Barbara, two children that died at birth, Cindy and Steven, and her beloved husband, Rusty in 1996.
She is survived by her brothers Joe and Steve, her children, Norman, Jeanmarie (Roger, her favorite son-in-law), and Marliene, and 8 grandchildren, as well as a multitude of people who loved her.