Virginia Hinman passed away at home, surrounded by family, on Thursday, February 14, of heart failure.
Ginnie was born October 29 1922 to William and Lillian Eckart Dietz and grew up in Winnetka. Graduating from New Trier High School in 1939, Ginnie received a B.S. degree from the National College of Education in 1943.
Ginnie and her husband of 63 years, Glidden Warner Hinman, were married on October 20, 1943, in Boise Idaho. After the war, they settled in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Ginnie and Glid were long time residents of Lake Bluff, where they raised their three children. Glid passed away on July 5, 1996.
Ginnie taught in the Lake Bluff school system for 34 years, retiring in June of 1983. She was an incredible and inspiring teacher with an uncanny ability to steer wayward kids back to a more productive path. In her late forties, she went back to school at Roosevelt University and earned a double Masters degree. Becoming a licensed school counselor allowed Ginnie to more extensively practice her love of helping troubled kids. Ginnie was also known for her indomitable fighting spirit; she never gave an inch defending what she thought was the right for every child in the school system to receive the education they deserved.
There will be an Open House to celebrate her life with her family on Wednesday, February 20, between 4 and 8 p.m. at the Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 N. Main St in Wauconda.
Ginnie was predeceased by her son William 'Bill' Hinman in 2001 and her husband Glid in 2006. She is survived by her son Robert 'Bob' Hinman (Cindy McCauley) and daughter Barrie Hinman; granddaughters Lael (Jim) Stanczak and Jessa (Jeff) Heydt; great-grandsons Calen Heydt, Teaguen Stanczak and Trevor Heydt; and great-granddaughters Ainsley Stanczak, Alicia Heydt, Genevieve Heydt and Keely Stanczak.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William Hinman Foundation, 3612 Aiken Court, Wellington FL 33414.