Virginia ‘Ginny’ Bakeman

LILYDALE, MN. – Virginia “Ginny” Bakeman of Lilydale MN, age 87 passed away July 29, 2014. She lived in Marquette from 1966 to 1990, married to Earl Benson until his death in 1989. Also preceded in death by Earl’s son Dean, and grandson Michael Kaufman.

Survived by Earl’s son Dale Benson (New Castle, CO) and his children Daniel (Helen) Benson (Glenwood Springs, CO), David Benson (Marquette, MI), Sabrina Morgan (Rifle, CO), Dale’s seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; Earl’s daughter Judy Gillen (Santa Barbara, CA) her daughter Wendy Kaufman, son Garrett Kaufman and Judy’s five grandchildren. Though separated by years and distance after Earl’s passing, a special bond remained between Ginny and the Benson family.

Also preceded in death by husbands Karl Bester (1965), John Bakeman (2014), daughter Karla Bester (1999) and brother Joseph Ogren.

Survived by children Bruce (Phyllis) Bester, Bonnie (Thomas) Johnson, Bradley (Kathleen) Bester, Joseph (Jane) Bester, all of the Twin Cities, and Steven (Mary) Bester (Troy, MI), nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ginny worked at St. Vincent de Paul, was a member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) and was a hospice volunteer while in Marquette. She spent many happy days between their house on Pine St. and in the summers at “camp” on Kawbawgam Lake with the Benson and Bester families.

Ginny was the glue that brought people together, be they friends or family. From the annual “Kawbawgam Open”, a fun golf event she initiated, to frequent blueberry picking excursions, to the numerous family holiday and special event celebrations, she was at the center of it all, adding her unique touch to make each event memorable. She will be remembered and missed for her calm, quiet, unassuming yet strong and dignified presence.

Memorial service Friday August 8th at Kandt & Tetrick Funeral Home, South St. Paul, MN 651-455-5352. Memorials to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) or Hospice organizations. Memorial held on August 8th.