Virginia Marilyn Zindars
Virginia Marilyn Zindars who lived 102 years, 4 months and 2 days, died at 8:12 p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana following a very brief illness.
Virginia was born on the Green Valley Farm in rural Louisville, Clay County, Ill. on August 17, 1911, the oldest of seven children born to William and Mary Kincaid Kampschrader. Mary’s twin was Martha. Six siblings preceded Virginia in death: four Kampschrader brothers: twins, Harold in 1913 and Gerald in 1983; Millard in 1920 and Johnson in 2006; two sisters, Naomi Templin in 2003 and Enid McKnelly in 2008.
In November 1924, Virginia, her parents and siblings, moved by railroad to Champaign County and settled on a farm on the northeast corner of Route 10 and Staley Road. William, Virginia’s Dad, worked at the Bondville elevator and was a farm hand. Virginia finished grade school in the one room schoolhouse on Staley Road north of Route 10.
In the fall of 1926, riding the Interurban into town, Virginia started attending Champaign High School at the corner of Green and State streets now called Edison Middle School. Virginia’s nickname was “Kampy” during high school and she graduated in the class of 1930. After graduation, Virginia worked at two well-known downtown Champaign businesses, Ford Hopkins Drug Store and W. Lewis & Co. Department Store.
On August 25,1934 in Flora, Ill, Virginia married a Bondville farmer, Grant William Theodore Zindars. They first started farming with horses on the York Farm one mile west of Bondville on Route 10. Their two children were born during the time they lived on that farm, Teddy in 1936 and Carol Ann in 1939. Grant and Virginia also farmed in rural Seymour and Champaign before moving four miles north of Dewey in March 1957 where they spent the last 20 of their 42 years of farming. Virginia enjoyed helping Grant on the farm, and she was especially proud of driving John Deere tractors. They retired to Bondville in January 1977.
Virginia was a member of “Home Bureau” since 1943, joining the Bondville-Seymour unit first, transferring to the Dewey-Fisher unit in 1957 for 20 years and then rejoined the Bondville-Seymour unit in 1977. She hosted many meetings in her home for both units over the years. The ladies especially enjoyed her four ingredients “Date Nut Goodie Cookies.” In April 1993, she was recognized for being a 50-year member; she held several unit and county-wide offices and continued as a member-at-large until her death. Years ago, she collected money for the local Community Chest and Cancer Fund drives. Grant was the leader of the Frog Pond 4-H Club in the 1950s and Virginia helped with their projects and events.
Virginia was a Farm Bureau member and traveled on several bus trips that Dennis Riggs led to New Orleans, New York, Washington D.C., Canada and west to Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone Park. She attended Prime Timer meetings for years.
Virginia enjoyed refinishing old furniture and working on family genealogy. She served on the Bondville Village Board for a term and then was the Bondville zoning administrator for 17 years, retiring at the age of 91. She also served as a Republican election judge for many years. Virginia attended the Bondville Senior Citizen’s gatherings until the last few years, In the mid 1980s and early 1990s, after Sunday church at St. Peter’s, then having lunch at Arby’s, “The Gang of Three” consisting of Virginia behind the wheel, the late Annie Gerth and the late Edna Ninmer started their rounds of visiting nursing home residents and shut-ins. Virginia was known for attending many visitations and funerals. Up to the week prior to turning 96, Virginia drove her car and was very independent!
In May 1935, she joined St. Peter’s Church and was an active member until recent years. Into her 90’s, she helped with their well-known church suppers (especially making the coffee) and was active with the former Thursday Afternoon Circle Group. In later years, she was the Church Historian and assisted several people in researching their ancestors in the church record books. At the time of her death, she was the oldest member of St. Peter’s Church. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 905 S. Russell St, Champaign, IL 61821.
A visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 26, followed by a service to CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF VIRGINIA led by Reverend William T. Henderson, assisted by Kathryn Luther Henderson at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm St., Champaign. The family requests you WEAR RED to honor Virginia. Burial will follow the service at Grandview Memorial Gardens, 4112 W. Bloomington Road, Champaign.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Grant, on January 10, 1980, her son Theodore Ray Zindars on January 8, 2013 and her grandson Scott Russell Pointer on February 28, 2011. She is survived by her daughter Carol Ann (Roger) Pointer of Champaign; six grandchildren: twin grandsons, Theodore Vincent (Kathy) Zindars and Thomas Earl (Jennifer) Zindars; Jonita Tyme, Kevin Pointer, Diana Pointer, and Tedra (Michael) Davis; four great-grandchildren: Tyler Claxton, Erica (Ryan) Haack, Grant Pointer (Scott’s son) and Klementine Davis; and one great-great grandchild, Hudson Ryan Haack.
In her mid 90’s, Virginia stated “I did not plan to live this long; I don’t know why I did.” She attributed her long life to having Frosted Mini Shredded Wheat Cereal for breakfast; also, having a bowl of ice cream sometime everyday! My Mom was an amazing person who lived a long and interesting life helping her grandchildren and other people along the way. Please do a kind deed for someone to honor Virginia’s memory. Now she will be at Eternal Rest by her beloved Husband and Grandson. Mom and Grandma will be sorely missed by her family but her legacy and many sayings will live on.
Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was so fun loving. I walked beans for her in the Dewey area. She worked with us.
To the family of Virginia,
Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. We have known Virginia for years and participated in many of the same 4-H clubs, ballgames, etc. that they did as a family. Our families have always kept in touch through the years.
Many memories are attached to this lady and her wonderful family.
God Bless You......
Donna and Larry Hearn
We send our heartfelt condolences in the passing of our beautiful Aunt Virginia.
What an amazing lady, and incredible life. Her wonderful spirit that endured so many years, shines on through her beautiful family who took such wonderful care of her through the past many years. Aunt Virginia was respected and loved beyond words.
Prayers for comfort and peace,
James D and Wendie McKnelly
To the Family of Virginia Zindars,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss of your loved one.