Virginia "Ginny" P. Dolk

May 12, 1928March 8, 2018

Virginia P. (Ginny) Dolk, 89, of Fort Wayne, passed away on March 8, 2018. Born on May 12, 1928, in Danville, Illinois, she was the daughter of William B. and Hazel (Morrison) Porter. She was a longtime member of Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne.

Virginia graduated from DePauw University where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She and her young family settled in the Chicago area, and eventually moved to Fort Wayne where she had lived for 38 years.

Ginny was the center of her family’s life, enjoying all of life’s celebrations, tracking birthdays, address changes and milestones. All through the years, the kids were always excited to get their Christmas stockings from Grandma Ginny; beloved Gigi to her great-grandchildren. Friendly and outgoing, she was dearly loved by all who knew her.

She adored traveling, especially to the “West,” and more recently to Florida with her sister, Dot. She took a tour of Europe with her daughter Mary, vacationed at Lake Michigan with family, went white-water rafting with her niece Susan, and loved to take her kids and then grandkids camping. She was definitely an outdoors person, and played tennis and golf as well.

Ginny was employed at North American Van Lines and Charter Beacon Hospital, and volunteered for many organizations including Parkview Memorial Hospital and the Mathew 25 Health and Dental Clinic.

She is survived by her children: Katherine Dolk-Ellis (Dennis McCarty), of Bloomington, Julie E. High (Larry), Mary P. Dolk, and David P. Dolk (Stefanie), all of Fort Wayne; grandchildren Lindsay Schloss (Steve), Jeff Ellis (Nicole Vincent), Ashley Reed (Jackson), Ben Ellis, Molly Ellis (Jake Allman), Kaitlyn Dolk, and Megan Dolk; and great-grandchildren Nahla, Noah, Steven, Jackson, Isabella, Sophia, and Jaxon; sister Dorothy Rouse and brother William B. Porter, Jr (Lynn), nieces and nephews Steve, Cindy, Susan, William, and Cathy. She was proceed in death by her former husband, Charles S. Dolk, brother Curt M. Porter, brother-in-law Philip B. Rouse, and nephew Russell Porter.

Funeral service will be 4:00pm, Sunday, March 11, at Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St Joe Road, Fort Wayne, with calling from 1 to 4pm, prior to service. A burial service will be Saturday, March 17 at 1:00pm, at St. James Methodist Church in Danville, IL, with calling 1 hour prior to service. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville, Illinois. For online condolences, please visit


  • Calling Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Calling Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 17, 2018

Virginia "Ginny" P. Dolk

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Steve Lund

March 17, 2018

I’ll never forget the first time I talked to Mrs. Dolk on the phone. I had just met her daughter Mary’s best friend Kelly at my church in Dallas—and I was trying to get in touch with her. I think that Kelly had told me to call Mary’s number and Mrs. Dolk answered and was very friendly. I guess she was in town visiting from Indiana. I asked if I could speak to Kelly and she said, that Kelly was leaving to go out with the girls for dinner. I wondered about that—“she’s going out with the girls.” I had been so happy to meet Kelly at my church and thought for sure that she was about my age—I was in my 40s. Now I had second thoughts. Was I calling someone who was way younger—in her 20s perhaps? Oops! Mrs. Dolk assured me that Kelly would call me when they got back. She did and I discovered that we were only a “few” years apart in age--and one year later we were married—and we just celebrated 19 years of marriage this past year. I came to know Mrs. Dolk as beautiful and indomitably joyous person that was always full of life--but that first impression, hearing her talk about this mystery lady--“going out with the girls”—that is indelibly stuck in my mind. Thanks for your kind friendship, Mrs. Dolk!

Tom McKenzie

March 10, 2018

Mrs. Dolk (Ginny) was a wonderful woman and mother to my good friend, David. She was always so friendly when I would visit her house to play and hang out as a kid. She knew my mother, another Ginny, and they played golf together in the New Glenwood Women's league. She had a very fun and friendly presence for her friends and neighbors. Even though many years separated the times that I'd seen her over the past few decades, she was always friendly and excited to see me when we would meet. She always made me feel happy to see her. What a true blessing she was for everyone who knew her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. I will always have fond memories.