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Virginia (Ginny) Mae (Wilson) Reling

Born: Wed., Oct. 5, 1932
Died: Sun., Jul. 19, 2020


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       Virginia (Ginny) Mae Reling, 87, of Chesterton, passed away peacefully at home, July 19, 2020, into the arms of her beloved husband, Ben, just three days after his passing.  Ginny was born on October 5, 1932, in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Bessie (Hopkins) Wilson.

       Ginny moved to Chesterton during her senior year of high school.  She met the love of her life, Ben Reling while working and living at Johnson’s Inn, Porter Beach, and last year they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. The two were inseparable.  

       Early on, Ginny held various jobs at National Tube, Bowman Dairy, Belles Apothecary, and Reling Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning. Later on, she opened a gift shop, the Poke-A-Bout Shoppe in Chesterton on Broadway, and enjoyed having the store for 17 years. Some may remember the annual occasions at the store, such as the Wizard of Oz festival and Christmas open house.

       Ginny was talented and creative, and often made the flower arrangements for weddings.  She loved to bake, and you couldn’t leave her house without being offered treats. She was the most generous, caring person you will ever meet and had a positive impact on so many people she met throughout her life. An adored wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

       Ginny is survived by her children, Lynn Steinle (Karl) of Arlington Heights, IL, and Kelly Miller (Mike) of Valparaiso, IN; grandchildren, Jeremy Miller and Jamie McConnachie (Justin) of Chesterton, IN, and Adam Steinle of San Francisco, CA; and great-grandchildren, Stella and Olive McConnachie.

       She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Bessie Wilson; brothers, Robert (Bob) Wilson, Thomas (Tom) Wilson, and William (Bill) Wilson; and sisters, Geraldine Lapeer Norris and Dolores Norris.

       A celebration of Ben and Ginny’s life will take place at a later date. 

       Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels (VNA Foundation at 501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383 or https://vnanwi.org/give.php). 

       Professional arrangements are entrusted to the White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN. Memories for Ben and Ginny may be shared at www.whitelovefuneralhome.com.

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Theresa M Hernstrom
   Posted Mon July 20, 2020
I am devastated to learn that Ben and Ginny have passed away. My heart is broken. I’m glad they went together, for one couldn’t live without the other. They were the sweetest and most generous couple in the world. I feel blessed to have known them and spend many years of friendship. I loved them so. Dear Lynn and Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by knowing they’re together again for eternity.

Jo Ann Nellessen
   Posted Mon July 20, 2020
My condolences to the Reiling friends and family. Our family has been friends and customers of Bud and Ginny’s for a very very long time. They were wonderful, kind, honest people and will be greatly missed by our community.

Dena and Bob Simmons
   Posted Tue July 21, 2020
When I worked at Hudson Co which is now General Insurance Reling became my customer..we bought our central heat and air conditioning from Ben in 1988...the brand was Trane and we had the system for years..I came to know Ben and Ginny as friends...was in her shop and in their home at one time...I found them both to be the sweetest couple and was so happy to know them..I left the agency in 1993 and have thought of them so many times and now wish I had made contact..I know they will be missed by so many friends...I tried to reach out to the Lynn and Kelly..even tho I don't know them and wanted them to know how much I enjoyed knowing them...Dena and Bob Simmons

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