Virginia Hubbard Goodwin
The life of Virginia (Ginny) Hubbard Goodwin (b.11/21/21 East Cleveland, Ohio, d. 6/7/16, Willoughby, Ohio), will be celebrated on Sunday, June 12, at 3:00pm, in the Chapel at Brecken-ridge Village, 36855 Ridge Road, Willoughby, OH 44094.
Ginny is survived by her daughters, Kathryn and Carol Goodwin (Jeff Hall), granddaughter, Erica Goodwin (Erik Skov Christensen), great granddaughter Sif, great grandson, Rune, sister Charlotte Pitman, sisters-in-law, Dora Rose Cureton and Annabelle Tropf, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph Tropf (m.1942, d. 1953), her second husband of 50 years, Geoffrey Goodwin (d. 2005), and her son, Kenneth Goodwin (d. 2013).
Ginny was loved and respected by her family and all who knew her for her strong commitment to peace and social justice, to community service, and to reading and learning. Ginny graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1939, Taylor University in 1943, and she received a Mas-ter's Degree in Education from Western Reserve University in 1953.
During her young adult life, Ginny worked in libraries and taught first grade in the South Eu-clid/Lyndhurst public school system. After her children were grown, Ginny served for 20 years in volunteer, staff and board member capacities with Project Learn: an adult literacy program in Cleveland. Project Learn's program is based on the Laubach "Each One Teach One" literacy method, through which some 60 million people worldwide have learned to read in their own lan-guages. Ginny met Frank Laubach in Lahore, West Pakistan, where she lived with her first hus-band and their three children, from 1949 to 1953, where her husband worked for the YMCA.
After living in Lyndhurst, Ohio, for 46 years, in 2001, Ginny and Geoff became residents of Breckenridge Village, a continuing care retirement community in Willoughby, Ohio, where Ginny remained until her death. Ginny's family extends their gratitude to the entire Breckenridge community for providing a caring and safe home for Geoff and Ginny, in independent living, and for Ginny also in assisted living and in the Fairmount Health Center.
Ginny lived by and instilled in others a clear set of ethics and principles, and compassion and tol-erance for all. She made a lasting contribution to her world through her volunteerism in her church and community, and through her commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth and development. Until the end of her life, she continued to expand and change her thinking about life's deepest questions. She was ahead of her time in many ways.
Donations can be made in Ginny's honor to the Life Care Fund of Breckenridge Village, 36855 Ridge Road, Willoughby, OH, 44094, a fund that ensures Breckenridge residents will be cared for if their resources are depleted, or to Church of the Redeemer, where Ginny was a lifelong member, 2420 S. Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, OH, 44118.