Virginia "Ginnie" M. Ortlieb, 53, of W249 Fur Farm Road, Kiel died unexpectedly but peacefully on Sunday evening, Jan. 27, 2008 after visiting her mother at St. Luke's Medical Center, Milwaukee.

She was the former Virginia Schneider born June 3, 1954, daughter of Donald and Priscilla Schneider.

Ginnie attended Holy Rosary Catholic Grade School and was a 1972 graduate of JFK Prep in St. Nazianz.

She married her soul mate Kenneth Ortlieb on June 4, 1977 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, New Holstein.

Ginnie was a nurse's aid at Calumet Medical Center, Chilton for a number of years before working as a dispatcher for the New Holstein Police Department where she became the first female police reserve officier. She continued her position as a dispatcher at both Calumet and the Kiel Police Department and then was a secretary at HUI until her retirement due to medical complications.

Ginnie was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Kiel where she was a member of the Christian Women's Society, she was a CCD instructor and was very active with the welcoming committee for new members of the parish and the parish prayer line. She also was a Girl Scout leader and had volunteered for the New Holstein High School girls basketball fundraisers.

She enjoyed scrapbooking, gardening, watching movies, babysitting the family dogs, Badger & Scrappy and spending time with her first granddaughter, Gabriella.

Survivors include her loving husband of 30 years, Ken; two daughters, Trinity (Mike) Maurice, Fond du Lac, Kelly (Tony) Gozdziewski, Chilton; one granddaughter, Gabriella; her parents, Donald and Priscilla Schneider, Kiel; mother-in-law, Leona Ortlieb, New Holstein; three brothers, Chuck (Karen) Schneider, Kiel, Mike (Cheryl) Schneider, Kewaskum, Dave (Cheryl) Schneider, New Holstein and one sister, Vicky Schneider, Sheboygan; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Joan (Don) Radder, Elkhart Lake, Mary (Jim) Wilkens, Amberg, Kathleen (Dan) Huber, Cleveland, Carol Ortlieb (special friend Brian Becker), Chilton, Shirley (Don) Bartel, Chilton, Karen (Gerry) Stenz, Chilton. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by four little angel grandchildren, one named, Hailey Elizabeth Gozdziewski; father-in-law, Robert Ortlieb, and one brother-in-law, John Ortlieb.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Ginnie will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Kiel with the Rev. Loren Nys S.D.S. officiating.

Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call at the Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, 815 Sixth St, Kiel on Thursday from 3-8 p.m. and on Friday at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. when brief family rites will be held.

A wake service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Ginnie was an unselfish and caring individual who was concerned more about other people than herself. Through all her own difficulties she never complained. She generously took care of her family and will always be in our hearts forever.

A memorial has been established in her name.

Ginnie's family would like to thank the UW Madison Transplant unit, especially, Dr. Hans Sollinger and staff for all their help, the dialysis unit at St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan, especially Dr. Michael Johnson and staff, all the wonderful people who drove her back and forth to dialysis especially Mary Vogel and Rev. Loren Nys S.D.S. and Deacon Pat Knier for their care and many prayers.

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