Thelma Virginia “Ginger” VanderZee

Thelma Virginia “Ginger” VanderZee, 94, of Fort Wayne, IN, and previously of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at Aperion Care Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. VanderZee graduated from Williamsport High School in 1941 and served in the United States Coast Guard from 1944 to 1946. She worked as a Bell Telephone operator in New Bloomfield, PA, and switchboard operator at CCNB, New Cumberland, PA. She later worked in the Indiana governor’s office. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Huntington and American Legion 85.

She was born on Dec. 26, 1923, in Williamsport, PA, to Callaway and Leona Foresman Hardy. She married Wilbur E. “Van” VanderZee on May 6, 1967. He preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 2018.

Survivors include a son, Donald (Terry) Cornish II, of Camp Hill, PA; a stepson, Jeffrey VanderZee, of Harrisburg, PA; three stepdaughters, Vicki Kunkel, of Camp Hill, PA; Leigh (Benjamin) Goas, of Etters, PA; and Lisa (Ken) Starsinic, of Harrisburg, PA; a half-brother, Robert (Kathy) Hardy, of Bella Vista, AR; three grandchildren, Ara Virginia Guille-Greenberg, of Colorado Springs, CO; Zachary (Nicole) Holmes, of Spencerport, NY; and Katherine (Adrian) Murray; four step-grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia Lee Cornish Holmes.

There will be no calling hours.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, in care of McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, 715 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

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