Virginia G. Shumaker

May 15, 1923November 15, 2013

Charlotte - Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Grossman Shumaker, 90, died Friday, November 15, 2013 at White Oak Manor Nursing Center of Charlotte.

She was born on May 15, 1923 in Vienna, Austria and was the daughter of the late Armin Grossman and Riza Rosenberg Grossman. She was the beloved wife for 51 years of Milton Shumaker, who preceded her in death in 1996.

Ginny was a Holocaust Survivor and a proud American citizen since 1939, when the Waldman family of Norfolk, Virginia sponsored her immigration to this country.

She was a multiple award winning sales representative for both Bell South and AAA.

She was a member of Temple Israel, where she joyously served in the choir for many years. We know that she has now joined the heavenly choir. In addition to singing, she dearly loved chocolate, and every single purple flower and plant that God has ever made.

Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2013 in the Harry and Bryant Chapel in the Oaks, 500 Providence Rd., Charlotte. Interment will follow at 11 a.m. in the Hebrew Cemetery, 1801 Statesville Ave., Charlotte.

She will be dearly missed by her numerous friends, cousins and her beloved children: her daughter, Karen R. Shumaker of Charlotte, and her son, H. Dennis Shumaker and his wife, Lucy, of Marietta, Pennsylvania.

The family would like to thank White Oak Manor, the staff and social workers - especially Simone, April and Julia, and Hospice, for the love and care they provided Ginny in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Temple Israel Endowment, 4901 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, November 24, 2013

Virginia G. Shumaker

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December 8, 2013

To the family and friends of Mrs. Shumaker, I am truly sorry for your loss. I hope that you are comforted and strengthened by your memories of such a wonderful woman, wife, mother and friend. May the God of all comfort you.

November 27, 2013

I have fond memories of cousins Milton and "Virginia" as we called her, and the good times we had as children visiting them with Dennis & Karen in Norfolk, Virginia when they lived here..and then later when I visited in Birmingham,Alabama. as a teenager.I was always impressed with how welcome Virginia made me feel as well as our whole family when we visited. She kept a beautiful home and took such pride in things of beauty! Now, ironically, I live in Norfolk and although I have not been the best about being in touch, I want to send my thoughts and prayers for cousin Dennis and Lucy and Karen and all who loved "Ginny" as cousin Milton called her, May she rest in Peace and may her STRENGTH forever be an inspiration to us all ~Cousin Stanley Rose, Norfolk,Virgimia

November 23, 2013

I am so saddened by the fact that I am unable to attend my dear cousin Ginny's funeral today due to my husband's poor health. We unfortunately had to cancel our trip at the last hour. However, I feel well represented by my children and Grandchildren. Ginny was my closest cousin and the closest I came to having a big sister. In fact, she always called me her "little sister". I loved her dearly and was fortunate enough to celebrate her 90th birthday with her last May. I will remember her as the beautiful woman she was and her devotion to the love of her life, Milton. My heart goes out to her children, Dennis and Karen. Thank you, Karen, for the devoted care you gave her these last few years. May G-d reward you by bestowing strength in the battle that lies ahead knowing that your family is always there. Rest in peace dear Ginny.

November 22, 2013

I remember my cousin Virginia with love, and admiration for her courage when as a teenager, she had to flee the Nazis, and begin a new life here, without her parents.

I especially remember when I first met her when I was perhaps 7, and she was grown up and already married to Milton. She was beautiful and beaming. I remember too her love of music, she was a big Beatles fan, and she loved to explore new things when she came for visits to our home in New York.

Our conversations in the latter years by phone were in Hungarian--so neither of us would forget one of our languages--I loved how her Southern accent made Hungarian seem even more "exotic".

Rest in peace, dear Ginny, and may flights of angels guide you. I want to also praise Karen, her wise and wonderful daughter, who had to devote herself to increasingly difficult problems, and did so with fortitude and devotion and intelligence, often alone.

Sending love to Karen and Dennis and all my family, I am with you in spirit. Love, Mary Orovan. My husband, Harry French, also sends his heartfelt condolences.

Leslie Sosa

November 21, 2013

So sorry for your loss Karen. You have been amazingly strong during this tough time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Leslie Sosa

November 21, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss and keeping you in prayer. You have been amazingly strong throughout all of this and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

April Weber

November 20, 2013

May Ms Virginia rest in peace. She was a beautiful lady. I enjoyed being a part of her care and life. She had a personality and now she is in a place where we all hope to be one day. May your family have comfort and peace. Thank you for sharing Ms. Shumaker with all of us.

November 19, 2013

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Lynda and Tom Rountree

November 19, 2013

Karen and Dennis, we are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a loving, caring, and wonderful lady who will be missed. Our love and prayers to you during this difficult time.

Pam Wilson

November 19, 2013

My sincerest condolences Karen. Keeping you close in prayer.