Virginia Cossmann Quirk

September 3, 1922January 29, 2019

After ninety-six years of a wonderful life, Virginia Cossmann Quirk moved on to her next spiritual journey. She was born on September 3, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois to Ruth Gertrude Hallenbeck and George James Cossmann. She passed away in Naples Florida on January 29th, 2019. Ginnie married Edward James Quirk, deceased 1999, of Watertown Wisconsin, on May 2, 1942, in Oak Park, Illinois. They began their married life in Watertown, where they raised their eight children. In 1995, they retired to Naples. Ginnie attended elementary and high school in Chicago, Illinois and continued her education at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, as a music major. She joined the Delta Gamma Sorority, of which she remained an active lifelong member. Ginnie volunteered as a Nurse's Aide for the American Red Cross, during WWII. She served for years as the President and Secretary of the Watertown Library Board, as well as being on several other Boards whose focus was education and the arts. She was a member of AAUW and P.E.O. and also supported the Friends of Arts and the Philharmonic League. She had an unflagging commitment to improving the lives of families, women and children. Ginnie facilitated housing for many families through her deep involvement with Habitat for Humanity. She made frequent car runs to the Guadalupe Center, donating time, clothing and furniture. She tutored elementary school age students for years, enjoying their many exchanges. She supported the battered women's shelter in the areas where help was needed. Ginnie's dedication culminated in her recognition as a Champion of Learning in Naples, Florida on January 31, 2018. Ginnie is survived by her children: Linda, Wendy (Thomas Schuett), Jacqueline (Don Rayno), James (Deborah Callan), Pamela (David Quirk Becker), Darby (Richard Royal), Roberta (Stephen Cmar) and Jill (Dan McKay) as well as seventeen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and her devoted and dear friend, George Frey. Ginnie was an avid reader, accomplished bridge player, one of the fastest knitters on earth and a fine pianist. She was also a great joke teller (who loved a good laugh), a competitive Scrabble opponent, a stickler for proper manners and grammar, a zippy dresser and the tidiest soul on the planet. She lived by her mantra of faith, family, friends, and funny bone. A vibrant, generous, caring and kind woman, Ginnie made people feel better just by being in her presence. A Memorial Service will be celebrated 10:00 AM Friday, February 8, 2019 at St. William Catholic Church 601 Seagate Dr., Naples, FL 34103. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to two of Ginnie’s long supported organizations: Habitat for Humanity of Collier County (239) 775-0036, or The Guadalupe Center 509 Hope Circle, Immokalee, FL 34142 Condolences may be left online at


  • George James Cossmann, Father
  • Ruth Gertrude Cossmann, Mother
  • Edward James Quirk, Husband
  • Linda Quirk, Daughter
  • Wendy Quirk, Daughter
  • Jacqueline Quirk, Daughter
  • James Quirk, Son
  • Pamela Quirk Becker, Daughter
  • Darby Quirk, Daughter
  • Roberta Quirk, Daughter
  • Jill Quirk, Daughter
  • Ginnie is survived by 17 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, and her devoted friend George Frey.


  • A Memorial Mass Friday, February 8, 2019

Virginia Cossmann Quirk

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Bruce and Dorothy Kasten

February 14, 2019

Your Mom had a wonderful long life and will be missed greatly by all of you. Florence always said the Quirk Family was the best job she ever had. It was more fun than work! She thought of all of you as family and loved you as her own. Our sympathy to all of you. All our love, Bruce and Dorothy

Dave and Carolina Schutt

February 7, 2019

The few times we had the privilege to see Ginny, we always felt uplifted. Her bright smile and twinkling eyes, she exuded energy and life. Such a warm, caring person. Our deepest condolences to the Quirk family and George.

Olive Conley

February 6, 2019

Ginnie was always a bright light in our lives. As new teachers in Watertown, Richard in the high school, and I in Douglas kindergarten, Ginnie welcomed us to Watertown by inviting us over to their home to meet some of the family and have a chat. It was really a fun evening. Then, after our tornado in 1965 Ginnie once again invited us to come over to their "little house" on the side of their hill, where she stored furniture, to pick out whatever we would like to borrow until we got a bit re-established. Both were wonderful acts of kindness and most appreciated. We enjoyed many encounters through the years and it was always a joy for us to see Ginnie. She had that spark about her that was so well described in her beautifully-written obituary. Knowing there are many friends here in Watertown and at St. Bernard's who knew and cared about Ginnie, I've arranged for a Sunday Mass at 10:00 on March 10 to celebrate her good life. May all of you enjoy your wonderful memories together. My love to all of you - Olive Conley

Diane Van Bell

February 6, 2019

I only met Ginny once 13 yrs. ago when our flight to Milwaukee was canceled & we were standing in line to rebook. I overheard her tell someone that she didn’t want to call her friend to come pick her up so I offered a ride back to Naples. Imagine my surprise a few days later when I received a wonderful thank you note with a pair of hand knit booties, “that won’t fall off” for my new grandson.
Her obituary certainly explained who she was. It was my honor to meet her.
I extend my deepest sympathy to your family.
Diane Van Bell

Shelley Bundy King

February 6, 2019

One of my fond memories at the Quirk home in Watertown was being driven to see the Sound of Music. Mrs. Quirk drove Pam and I in her BIG Lincoln Continental. In those days the cars were almost a block long! Mrs. Quirk was so tiny she must have been sitting on a stack of pillows!

When we returned to the Quirk home after the movie, we enjoyed hamburgers served on on bone china. What really impressed me was the sterling silver ketchup bottle holder and the linen napkins! Mrs. Quirk was a wonderful hostess!


Judy Atkinson

February 5, 2019

I would like to extend our condolences from the Pirkel family. Jim and Michelle, Judy and Matt, Jane and Bob and Jeff.
I remember your Mon and Dad from when my dad (Bud Pirkel) worked at Brandts years ago, playing with Jackie and having Jim bother us. It sounds like your Mom was quite a woman! Take solace in the fact that she now rests in the arms of Jesus. So sorry for your loss. Judy

Mary Wiggenhorn

February 3, 2019

I have such wonderful memories of Ginny and I only wish that my children had known her better. I can hear Ginny and Jane now, giggling and calling each other "Dolly". What a wonderful and useful life she led. I know the memories of her will sustain you all now. Much love to all.

Mary Bridges Wiggenhorn

Diane Fontaine

February 3, 2019

I want to express my sympathy to the Quirk family on the passing of their mother, Virginia. I remember Mrs. Quirk when the family lived in Watertown, WI I was Jill's third grade teacher and Mrs. Quirk was very supportive of education. She was a pleasure to know.

Donna Niay-Ninmann

February 2, 2019

I was married to Bernie Niay (Maurice &Jacqueline) and Ginny always kept in touch with us via cards and letters for special occasions and even some birthday cards for our children. She was such a cheery, positive loving lady. Ginny did have a great sense of humor and we were touched that as busy as her life was, and she had a large family of her own, she took time to keep in touch with us. My deepest sympathy. We are saddened but heaven is fully rejoicing!! Sincerely, Donna 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

Dean and Carlene Jansa

February 2, 2019

We send our condolences to the entire family.