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Virginia Marian (Penny) Perse

Virginia Marian (Penny) Perse
  • April 29, 1937 - September 30, 2018
  • Richland, Michigan
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  • Kalamazoo Humane Society - Spay & Neuter Program
    4239 S. Westnedge Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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“Virginia, a part of the Richland High School, class of 1955. She was always a happy, fun person to be around and had a very infectious laugh. ...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Lynnr Smit Yeager - Richland, MI

“I will miss Virginia and her sweet smile and cheerfulness at line dancing. It was an honor to have known her. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Sherryl Bosker - Friend

“Virginia and I were classmates and lived not too far from each other in our highschool years. We remained friends meeting with the gals of 55 for...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Parkin (Anson)

“Your mother was a wonderful, loving person and so happy she was part of the Borgess swim class. She will be missed as swam and laughed with her...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“So very sorry for your loss! I always loved visiting with Suki at family gatherings and was in awe at her positive attitude and spirit. Loved to hear...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Laraine Van Lopik - Schoolcraft, MI

“I am so sad, and so sorry for you. Virginia was in my clogging class. She was my dancing partner for a few of the dances and since we were on the end...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Karen Schug - Portage, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss! I remember your mother as a gracious and loving person, quick to laugh and always welcoming! I am praying for your...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Sally Barber - Plainwell, MI


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Virginia Marian (Penny) Perse of Richland, MI

Virginia, age 81, died unexpectedly Sunday, September 30, 2018 at her residence.

Virginia, the daughter of Edgar and Virginia (Myers) Penny, was born in Climax, MI on April 29, 1937; was a lifetime area resident and a 1955 graduate of Richland High School. She was an active homemaker raising five children. Virginia's hub for her social life in recent years was the Comstock Community Center where she enjoyed dancing especially clogging, line and square; hand bell ringing and swimming. Even though she was on the go constantly, she still had time for her family especially the grandkids.

Surviving are four daughters, Cheri L. (John) Ruzza of Kalamazoo, MI, Juli A. Perse, Vicki S. Gates of Baldwin, MI and Bonni J. (Ken) Perse-Hanson of Climax, MI; her son, George L. Perse, Jr. of Bellevue, MI; nine precious grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister, Rosalie Phillips of Richland; her brother, Larry (Edith) Penny of Lake Havasu, AZ and her sister-in-law, Connie Penny of Richland. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Edgar Penny; brother-in-law, Skip Phillips and her former husband, George Lawrence.

The Memorial Gathering to celebrate Virginia's life will be held on Saturday, October 6th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Richland Community Hall, 8985 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Virginia's honor may be directed to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 126 E. Kilgore Road, Portage, MI 49002 or the Kalamazoo Humane Society - Spay & Neuter Program, 4239 S. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008. The Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel is assisting Virginia's family with their arrangements.