Virginia K. "Ginny" Ambler

June 18, 1947July 31, 2013

Ginny was born in Vincennes, Indiana on June 18, 1947 thirteen minutes before her unexpected identical twin sister Viccy. She graduated from St. John Lutheran School and Lincoln High School and earned a degree in Secretarial Science from Vincennes University in 1968. She was a member of the Lincoln High School cheer squad. At Vincennes University she was very active in the International Club which brought students from all over the world to her home where many of them enjoyed her mother Het’s chocolate cake. When the family traveled to La Mesa from Vincennes a few weeks after college graduation, to participate in their brother Dave’s marriage to Parm, the amount of luggage the girls brought was remarkable for a week-end visit, but their announcement was even more astonishing—they were moving to La Mesa! They immediately rented Dave’s vacated apartment and launched their careers in 1968 at HandyMan, where Ginny continued to work as an executive secretary until 1986. Ginny soon became part of the Christ Lutheran family and began participating in young people’s activities and joined the Joy Singers choral group. She and Viccy had a passion for sharing Jesus and participated in the evangelism program. Her twin sister had been reading through the entire Bible at the time of her death in 1978 and Ginny picked up where she left off and has not missed a year since then. After volunteering at the church for a few years before she started working part time in January of 1992 and full time in May of 1996. She used her secretarial skills, business skills and yes even her shorthand writing skills to serve the church. Ginny loved to make scrap books for people as gifts. She loved their two cats. She loved to plan parties. One of Ginny’s greatest loves and gifts was prayer. She was a prayer warrior, praying daily for her family, friends, church family, neighbors, and those in need. She even prayed for prime parking spots. On January 30, 1982, Ginny married Dave Ambler. Her diabetes was a major factor in their not having children of their own, but God brought hundreds of children into her life through her loving ministry to the Sunday school. Ginny was spiritually gifted with evangelism and a passion for making certain that the kids knew Jesus as their Savior. She and Dave served as Sunday School Superintendents for over 20 years. Ginny and Dave were godparents to many children, a responsibility they took seriously, encouraging each one in his or her personal faith. Not a birthday or holiday went by without a card, note or gift to mark the occasion. Ginny also delighted her nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews. A favorite were the “treasure hunts” she planned that took them all over the house and yard to find little gifts. Ginny was a gift giver to the neighborhood children and to those around the world. She was well known in the US Army for sending chocolate chip cookies to nephew Jeff when stationed in Korea. Once shopping at Parkway Plaza Ginny struck up a conversation with an Army soldier only to find out he had been stationed in Korea, and knew about Aunt Ginny’s cookies. Ginny was so kind and accepting of people no matter their person or situation. She developed a heart for the homeless. Some even called her by name when she would take her walks at lunch. At Christmastime each year Ginny composed a poem that included activities she and Dave participated in during the year. She always shared in the poem how much God loves each one of us.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister Victoria Von Behren; father and mother Alvin and Hedwig "Het" Von Behren; nephew Douglas Von Behren; and father-in-law Warren "Pete" Ambler. Ginny is survived by her husband David Ambler; sister and brother-in-law Patricia "Pat" and Oliver Schutte; brother and sister-in-law David and Parma Von Behren; mother-in-law Wauneta Ambler; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Janice and Paul Massman; brother-in-law Gerry Ambler; 4 nephews, 3 nieces; 3 great nephews; 3 great nieces and many friends.

Ginny was much loved and will be deeply missed.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 6, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, August 7, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Monday, August 12, 2013

Virginia K. "Ginny" Ambler

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August 26, 2013

Ginny was the light of God. She was truly the Jesus that most people saw. Ginny was a true reflection of God's love and shared it with everyone she met. I am truly honored to be counted as one of her friends. Dave, we are continueing to pray for you daily, that you will be comforted with Jesus' peace and filled with His love always. If you need anything, don't hesitate to call us. With much love to you! Robin and Joe Wood

August 19, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to Dave and the family for their loss.
Ross and Mary Garcia

Brent & Amanda Wells

August 19, 2013

Our thoughts and sympathies for Dave, Ginny, and their family.
"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." - Isaac Asimov

August 12, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to Dave and the family for their loss of a wonderful woman.

Bob and Carla Bruckart

Bill & Marilyn Campbell

August 8, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss of Ginny's presence, but rejoice with you in her "Home-Going."
We were neighbors for many years and she exemplified that term "Good Neighbor" in every sense of the word.
We will miss her Christmas letters every year, recounting in verse, your activities of the year, and always ending with the true message of the season, that of Jesus' love and His Plan of Salvation.

May you be comforted by happy memories of Ginny and the comfort of Jesus words when He says "I go to prepare a place for you and where I am you may be also." John 14:1
We all look forward to that glorious reunion.

Love and Prayers,

Bill and Marilyn Campbell

Son & Mendie Nguyen

August 7, 2013

Ginny had such a beautiful aurora around her that made us wanting to be near her. Her soft gentle voice, her warm smile that we will sure miss. It was very nice knowing her. Even in a short period of time, she sure left on us a long lasting impression. she will be greatly missed.

David Schutte

August 6, 2013

Ginny has always been one of the nicest women Ive ever met. David was so lucky to have shared his life with her. Although she will be missed, her smiles, kindness, and faith will live on in us forever. David Schutte (San Diego, CA)

Bill Dick

August 6, 2013

I met Ginny a few times through Dave and even in those few occasions, knew hat she was a warm and caring person. I have learned of all the help she provided others through their church and am grateful for her service in the name of our Lord.

Janet Borchard

August 6, 2013

Ginny was a good friend. Her love for her Savior Jesus showed through her life. We grieve with Dave and the rest of her family, but even though we grieve we know that she is with her Lord, and some day when Jesus returns death will be defeated, and we will all stand together praising Him where there will be no more tears or pain.

Debbie Heien

August 5, 2013

If you ever got a present from Ginny, it was like getting two presents in one. She wrapped her presents so beautifully you felt like you were doubly blessed. And, if you ever went to lunch with Ginny not only did you have an enjoyable lunch but a couple of days later, you received a nice thank you card just for being there! I consider Ginny one of my best friends and have many fond memories of her. She was the most gracious hostess, always opening up her home for special occasions. I will cherish the memory of her opening her home to my daughter and throwing her a bridal shower. Her love for family, friends and her beloved Dave was a testament to her beautiful heart. Her love for her Savior, Jesus was evident in all she did and she never missed a chance to tell other of His love. My heart is sad for those of us left behind but I know she is dancing with the angels and I look forward to seeing her again one day. Love you and miss you, Ginny!