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Virginia K. (Koch) Washington

March 19, 1923 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 100) 100 Years Old

Virginia Washington Obituary

Virginia Washington, 100, of Cheboygan, died 1/22/2024.


She was born in Ann Arbor to Oswald & Elinor Koch.  She was preceded in death by her husband Richard and her lifelong friend Elmer VonHofe.  She’s survived by her daughter Jill.


She retired in 1978 from the US Post Office.  Planning for retirement, she took upholstery and needlepoint classes, fearing she’d be bored just playing bridge and golf.  Instead, continuing a lifelong commitment to volunteerism, she joined the Cheboygan Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, eventually serving as their VP and President.  She was then designated to serve the Michigan Association of Hospital Auxiliaries as VP and President, proudly representing the community of Cheboygan and the state of Michigan across the US.  She later served as manager/buyer for the Canopy Gift Shop at CMH for 20+ years, leading a team of volunteers whose work provided donations to the hospital for technology and other patient care improvements.  McLaren’s Cheboygan Campus Guild honored her years as a distinguished volunteer with a plaque that hangs still in the Emergency Room there.


Virginia also served on the CMH Development Council, including as chair of the Community Relations Committee.  Her work with KidQuest, a program that promoted healthcare and provided information/visits to local schools, resulted in an Angel Award from BCBS of Michigan.  She was also honored by the Cheboygan Business Professional Women.


She was a longtime member of Cheboygan Golf and Country Club, various bridge groups, the Embroiderers’ Guild and the Cheboygan Garden Club.


A service will be held this spring at the graveside in Ann Arbor and a luncheon in the spring in Cheboygan to share laughs, not tears.


Please direct memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.       


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