Virginia Lou Kiel

March 8, 1934 ~
October 15, 2021

Virginia Lou Kiel, age 87, of Grandville, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior in Heaven on October 15, 2021. She was born in Detroit, MI on March 8, 1934 to Robert and Helene Cooke, both of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her faithful and loving husband of 66 years, Norman; children, James (Wendy) and Karen (Russell) Dempsey; five grandchildren, Sarah (Stephen) Kiel George, Matthew (Addie) Metzger, Ariel Dempsey, Jordan Dempsey, Tyler Dempsey; four great-grandchildren, Jhace, Kiely, Harper, and Alexandra. Virginia graduated as Valedictorian from Mackenzie High School in Detroit, MI in 1952, and received a full scholarship from the Ford Motor Company. She attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a BA degree in English and as an honored member of the Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Delta Pi sorority in 1956. On August 27, 1955, she married Norman Wilmarth Kiel of Grandville, MI. She completed her MA degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1971, and subsequently became the librarian for Jackson Park Junior High in Wyoming, MI. Beloved by all her student volunteers and appreciated by both staff and students alike, she always enjoyed inspiring students in their discovery of independent thinking while instilling a love for books and literature. Virginia retired in 1989 after a highly successful and happy career to spend time with her family and travel the world. She and Norm traveled to over a dozen countries overseas, sailed extensively around Lake Michigan, and led Airstream trailer caravans within the US, Canada, and Mexico. Virginia dedicated her life on Earth to Christ, her family, church, and her dear friends. Relatives and friends may meet the family on Monday, October 18, 2021 from 5-7 pm at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 11 am at Grandville United Methodist Church, 3140 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville, with an additional hour of visitation prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the United Methodist Church of Grandville, The Methodist House, or the Salvation Army.

Memorial Visitation
Monday, October 18
5:00pm - 7:00pm

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Memorial Visitation
Tuesday, October 19
10:00am - 11:00am

Grandville United Methodist Church
3140 Wilson Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Memorial Service
Tuesday, October 19
11:00am

Grandville United Methodist Church
3140 Wilson Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Leave Your Tribute Message

October 18, 2021 3:42pm
What a lady - will miss seeing her at church and the store. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Jinny always had a positive outlook, which was one of the things I admired most about her.

- Kathy Hutchins & Ben Hutchins

October 17, 2021 12:21pm
While I am saddened to hear of your loss, it is encouraging to know that she was a devoted Christian woman, and as such, we have eternal hope through Jesus Christ.

- David Werman

October 17, 2021 10:51am
We enjoyed working with, and visiting With Jennie at many teacher retirement luncheons. Since I am scheduled for watchman surgery on Tuesday, October 19, We Won't be able to attend the visitation or the funeral, but we will remember her fondly.

- Terry and Kathy Priest

October 16, 2021 11:53am
While you are saddened by the loss of such a special lady in your lives, I know you take comfort in knowing she has been made whole again and now resides with her Heavenly Father. Love and hugs to you all.

- Bill and Mary Lane




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