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Life Story / Obituary
Mrs. Virginia Mae Johnson, age 95, of Grand Rapids went to be with her Lord and Savior, in the company of her son Dennis, on Wednesday April 7, 2021. She was born in 1926 in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Bill and Ida Fritch. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband Walter Orr, second husband Donald Johnson, son Michael Orr, daughter-n-law Suzanne Orr, great-grandson Caleb Dykhouse, brother Robert (Mary Jane) Fritch, and other nieces and nephews. Virginia is survived by her son Dennis (Priscilla) Orr, grandchildren Lisa Orr (Tony Garcia), Jennifer Dykhouse, Scott (Karen) Orr, Brian Orr, Jason Orr, and Heather (Brian) Greko, and her great-grandchildren, Jeremy (Salina) Orr, Kristen Orr (Isabella Shamoun), Celina Garcia (Shawn Reed), Elisabeth Orr, Cameron Dykhouse, Stella Orr, Xavier Greko, Gianna Greko, Annika Orr, and Verona Greko. Also surviving are her sister Joyce Haan and many special nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends. Virginia was a life-long resident of the Grand Rapids area. She graduated from Creston High School, and went on to work for Michigan Tag Company, from which she retired after many years of dedicated service. Virginia had been a life-long and very active and engaged member at Berean Baptist Church. Virginia had a great sense of humor, loved telling jokes to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was always smiling, and brought a smile to the face of others. She loved to read, spend time working out in her yard, play with her dogs, and watch birds gather at the feeders in her backyard. Virginia enjoyed spending time with her family, including preparing a large Christmas dinner for them—everyone looked forward to her peach cobbler. Virginia loved spending time on the golf course with her son and grandson. Virginia relished time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and wouldn’t miss an opportunity to play games with them, read a book to them; accompany them to grandparent days at school; watch their sporting events or extra-curricular activities; and spend time around a campfire with them. Virginia also enjoyed spending time on Mackinaw Island with her sister and their family; and being in the company of friends, often spending time traveling together, playing games at one of their homes, attending Bible Study and monthly breakfasts with them, participating in Church activities, and stopping by Wendy’s for lunch after Church. Virginia was an avid bowler and received several bowling trophies over the years; and she remained very active well into her 90s. A Funeral Service to celebrate her life will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 12 noon at Berean Baptist Church, (1574 Coit Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505). Relatives and friends are invited to visit with her family prior to the service beginning at 11:00 am. For those who wish, memorial contributions to the Church would be appreciated. To read more of Virginia's life, share a memory or sign the online register book, please visit www.heritagelifestory.com