Virginia (Ginny) Loranger passed from this earth on Friday, July 30th at home while holding the hand of her loving husband, Don. The couple had been married for 68 years.
Virginia was born in Anaconda on November 18th, 1931, to Lynden and Alice (Meloy) Cline. She married the love of her life, Donald Loranger, in December of 1952 and never moved from the tight-knit community she dearly loved.
She was a proud descendent of the Burke/Meloy families, some of the first residents who came to Anaconda to build the smelter. Virginia was a history buff and shared her proud heritage through storytelling and showing off her antiques and historical clothes. Her clothing collection was used for vintage style shows and used during many historical events in Anaconda.
Virginia attended local schools and graduated from Anaconda High in 1950. She then attended Western Montana college and received her degree in teaching. She taught one year in Hamilton and was a substitute in Anaconda before operating her private kindergarten and preschool. She had her own school for 20 years and it was her joy to open the door to learning for so many children.
Virginia sought out the beautiful things in life. She loved the outdoors, camping, playing golf, decorating, creating a stunning yard full of flowers, setting a jaw-dropping table, making a delicious meal and dressing in gorgeous clothes. She could be described as classy yet adventurous at the same time. This little lady was always perfectly manicured, well put together and so darn cute! She and Don had a profound love of travel and have been to all 50 states as well as Ireland and Mexico.
Ginny was a proud member of the Anaconda Garden Club and took part in many projects to beautify her beloved city. Her home garden won several prizes as one of the nicest yards in Anaconda. She also loved the comradery and friendly competition of playing games. She was in several bridge groups and liked a good game of pinochle. Ginny loved to entertain, and she made multitudes of wonderful friends through her many social activities and kept those friends close over the years.
Along with Don, Ginny was a very active and devoted member of the Anaconda Catholic Community. She participated in many Bible studies and could be found at Holy Family Church every Sunday proudly watching Don play the bass. She was very faithful, praying for her family and friends daily during her morning quiet time. Jesus was the leader of her life; the guardian of her soul and she whispered His Name until He came to take her into eternity.
Virginia’s entire family surrounded her in the weeks and days before God called her home, a sweet testimony to the loving family she created. Ginny’s three children will proudly carry on her legacy. She is survived by her loving husband, Don, who will miss her deeply. She is also survived by Jim (Shelley) Loranger, Bill Loranger (Teresa Kunkle) and Kathy (Scott) Cordell. Virginia has 6 adult grandchildren – Nicole Scheele, Lance Loranger, Nathan and Erin Loranger and Adam and Kelli Cordell. She also has 4 great grandchildren, Rian and Cayson Cordell and Corbin and Payton Scheele.
Virginia will long be remembered as a caring, kind, gentle woman with a sweet spirit. She always thought of others before herself, she was very positive, and no one had a negative thing to say about her. She desired to live each day with purpose, strength, perseverance, courage, wisdom, forgiveness, compassion and, most of all, love. May Ginny’s life stand as an inspiration for generations to come.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at Holy Family Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service at the church.
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