Virginia Anne Gakle (Beckett)
October 20, 1926 – May 10, 2019
Virginia Anne Gakle (Beckett), 92, of Hebron, OH, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2019, at Sage Park, Gahanna, OH. Born on October 20, 1926, in Pataskala, OH, to the late Floyd and Hazel (Board) Phillips, Ginny graduated from Pataskala High School then Ohio State University where she held offices in Kappa Delta sorority and worked for The Lantern and Scarlet Fever. Ginny married her high school sweetheart, Robert W. Beckett, September 5, 1948, after he returned home from serving in Europe during WWII. Community-minded and social, Ginny had a large circle of friends, was active in the Presbyterian Church, served on the Southwest Licking School District Board of Education, and held offices in Eastern Star, Wahneta Chapter; she loved bridge club, volunteering for the Columbus Museum of Art Beaux Arts, and hosting dinner parties. In her spare time Ginny taught a weekly French class at Pataskala Elementary School for six years. Ginny’s dedication to lifelong learning led her to travel the world with her family, creating many wonderful memories and friends. Desiring to share her experiences and love of learning, Ginny taught full time with Lakewood High School (Hebron), Heath High School, and Licking County Joint Vocational School (now C-TEC) where she also coached national gold medal winning Parliamentary Procedure Teams. After retirement, her curiosity in a family legend inspired genealogy research and led to membership in NSDAR, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Colonial Dames, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, and the discovery of ancestors who were founders of Granville, Ohio. Five years after Bob’s death, Ginny traveled with friends to Russia and met Paul S. Gakle of Sacramento, CA. They were married a year later, and the two enjoyed traveling, playing cards with neighbors at Harbor Hills and relished their life at the lake. Virginia is survived by her loving daughter, Sara Beckett Leikin; granddaughter, Julian (Jason) Symons; great-grandchildren, Hayden Elizabeth and Brielle Renee Symons; niece, Kathy (Ken) Montague and cousins, Megan Myers and Dick Myers. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husbands, Robert W. Beckett and Paul S. Gakle. A graveside service will be at the Pataskala Cemetery Friday, June 14, at 1:00 PM with a Celebration of Life to follow. Arrangements handled by KAUBER-FRALEY FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to make memorial contributions to: Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter (Sage Park), 1379 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43215. You may make your gift online by clicking on the link (and give Sage Park credit): https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?idb=40665026&df_id=40517&FR_ID=12442&mfc_pref=T&PROXY_ID=537014&40517.donation=form1&PROXY_TYPE=22 Or memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Rd., Newark, Ohio 43055.
- Graveside Service Friday, June 14, 2019
Virginia Anne Gakle (Beckett)
June 15, 2019
Sara, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was one of my favorite teachers at Lakewood. She truly cared about her students and made English Literature class so tremendously interesting that it became something one looked forward to rather than dreaded. I was fortunate to see her quite a few times through the years and it was nice to say "Hello, how are you doing?" Take care in this difficult time. My prayers are with you and your family. Ned Siegel
Jeff & Bridget Mills
June 10, 2019
Mrs. Beckett played an important role in our education. She was very serious about her role as an educator. She encouraged us, supported us and demanded the best from us. She did this because she cared for us and knew what we needed to be successful. We respected her as students and our respect for her grew over the years as we became even more aware of what she had taught us. We are so sorry to hear of her passing, but her legacy lives on through all those that she taught and touched. Our condolences to Sara. Thanks for sharing your mom with us. It is a gift that we both cherish. Bridget Sorg Mills, LHS 1971 &
Jeff Mills, LHS 1970
P.S. We’re so hoping that our spelling and grammar live up to Mrs. Beckett’s expectations.