Virginia Estelle Michek

October 10, 1962 - April 8, 2005

10/10/1962 - 04/08/2005

Past Services

Monday April 11, 2005
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Riverside Altmeyer Funeral Home
7415 River Road
Newport News, VA 23607
757-245-1525 | Directions
Tuesday April 12, 2005
Greenlawn Memorial Park
New Martinsville, WV 26155
Tuesday April 12, 2005
1:00 pm
Temple Baptist Church
2nd and Olive


Virginia Estelle Turpin-Michek Ginni, 42, of Newport News went home to be with Jesus and her mother Ruth Jean Turpin on Friday, April 8th 2005 after a courageous 10 year battle with breast cancer. She was a native of Newport News, and had been a resident of Killeen TX, before returning to Newport News in 2003.

She was a graduate of Warwick High School and Central Texas College.

Ginni loved life, her family, her church family and friends. She never took one day nor one obstacle for granted…she considered them all a gift and a learning experience from the Lord.

Surviving are her three precious children, PFC Edward Christopher
Michek stationed in Korea; Katelyn Elizabeth Ruth Michek of Newport News and Tyler Jesse Michek of Newport News. Ginni also leaves behind her beloved maternal grandparents Henry and Estelle Huey of Newport News; sisters Karen West and Ruth Elston both of Newport News, brothers Kenneth Edward Turpin and Wayne Eugene Turpin of Newport News; Aunt Joan Elizabeth Specht of Williamsburg plus several more family members.

Visitation will be held Monday evening April 11th from 7 to 8:30 pm at Riverside Altmeyer Funeral Home, 7415 River Road in Newport News. Funeral service will be held Tuesday April 12th at 1pm at
Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road in Newport News. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Newport News…close to her beloved mother Ruth Jean Turpin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Breast Cancer Research Charities in Ginni’s name.

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8 years ago

A beautiful and loving tribute to an amazing and courageous woman.

There will never be another like you, dearest “Trace- Duchess of Grace”.

8 years ago

Although I did not know her, my condolences to the family. I know Joan from a game website and she asked that we take a look at this.

Again, my prayers are with you all.

Donna Standridge
8 years ago

Dear Karen & Family…

I am so sorry for your loss. I know she was so lucky to have such wonderful support and love during her fight. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Gail Williams
8 years ago

Dear Karen and family,

My thought and prayers are with you all. I have a sister that has Lymphoma and my Dad died with lung cancer. I know how very hard it can be sometimes to just make it through the day. Sincerely, Gail

Gail Martin
8 years ago

Dear Karen and family,

Ginni touched my life in such a profound way. I feel so honored to have known her. I know that she is looking down on all of us from heaven and that gives me peace through the grief. I hope it does for you as well.

Much love,


Andrea Liles
8 years ago

Dear Michek Family,

I read of the recent loss of your mother in the newspaper for Hampton. Please accept my sincere condolences. Words fail to express the loss you have experienced or sympathies which I desire to express. Yet, at times like this we can draw comfort from the scriptures.

At times like these many wonder if God cares about the suffering and injustice that we as humans endure. Please notice what Jehovah God says to us at Jeremiah 29:11, 12, ìëFor I myself well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you,í is the utterance of Jehovah, ëthoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope. And you will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.íî Is it not comforting that God is actively thinking about us and that these thoughts are peaceful!

One way God comforts us is through a wonderful hope for the future, even an end to sickness and death. Notice what Revelation 21:3, 4 says, ìWith that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: ìLook! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.î Surely God does care about us and about out dead loved ones.

I have enclosed a tract entitled, ìWhat hope for dead loved ones?î I want you to have the wonderful hope of the future resurrection. As 1 Thessalonians 4:13 says in part, ìthat you may not sorrow just as the rest also do who have no hope.î Draw close to God and he will sustain you.

I have a brochure that discusses this topic more, entitled, ìWhen Someone You Love Diesî. Please feel free to contact me and I will send you this brochure free of cost.

Barb Stefani
8 years ago

Dearest Ginni, rest in peace. You will be missed for ever and ever!

To Karen and all of the family – sending you my deepest sympathy at this most difficult time. My heart goes out to you all…

Lynn & Nikki
8 years ago

Dearest…thank you for being a great and good friend and for showing us how Sisterhood is done. ~JWA & Whittlewoman

8 years ago


You are a wonderful woman and your beautiful spirit and smile will be much missed. I love you.

Susan Tinkle
8 years ago

Ginni was a very special woman who touched everyone she met. She will be missed and remembered always.

Monica Albright
8 years ago

Ginni was a wounderful person and a great friend. I remeber when I arrived in Germany and I was scared to death to be so far away from my family and friends. Ginni became my first friend and was a great neighbor. We tried to stay in touch with emails and phone calls over the years. I will miss her. Ginni was one of the strongiest and most giving persons ever to come into my life,I was truely blessed to know her.

8 years ago

Ginni was an angel here on earth. Her courage, love, humor and faith in God have inspired so many!! Upon entering heaven I feel sure God held Ginni up for all to see and said, “This is the angel I sent to earth to teach others how to live. Welcome home, my daughter.”

Barbara Beatrice
8 years ago

Ginni was an inspiration. The world is less for her leaving. My thoughts and prayers are with her countless loved ones.

Michele Michek Clark
8 years ago

Ginni was definitely an amazing person who has touched the lives of so many people. Her faith, strength and courage in the battle she faced is an inspiration to all.

It is hard to believe that I met her when I was about 10 years old. She will be missed.

Big hugs and kisses go out to my niece, Katy and nephews, Chris and Jesse. Christ’s peace be with you and all those nearest and dearest to Ginni.

Love, Aunt Michele Uncle Harry, Evan and Anna

Zea Apa
8 years ago

Ginni was in inspiration to many. Her courage and sense of humor during even the darkest days gave me hope. She was grace exemplified and sassy as all get out. Heaven gained a very special angel. I will forever treasure her memory and strive to live up to her example. My love and prayers are with her family.

8 years ago

Ginni was my aunt. I havent known her long, but I know for a fact that she loved life and lived it to the fullest. She battled cancer for several years and from that you can tell that she is such a strong lady. Ginni has opened up alot of hearts. But not just here but all around the world. From that I would like to thank her. And thank you for all the prayers. God truley answered them. Please continue to pray for our family as we are in our time of need. Thank you.

Lovin her always,


8 years ago

Ginni will always hold a special place in my heart. She always saw the good in everyone. She was, and still is, the type of person I aspire to be. Thank you, Ginni, for gracing me with the ability to meet and know you.

Angela Smith
8 years ago

Ginni will always live on in my heart. Although I cannot be there with my family right now, please know that you are in my prayers and I am there with you in my heart. I will always love you Ginni and I will miss you very much. You were a wonderful and caring person. You will be very dearly missed. I love you.


Darryl Michek
8 years ago

Ginni you were a wonderful loving person. You were always there to give me advice and try to watch out for me. You were a wonderful lady that everyone loved. I know you have gone home and you’re now an angel looking down over all of us. For as long as I can remember you were my sister in law and always will be. I Love you and will miss you sweet Ginni.

Michelle Murphy
8 years ago

Ginni you will be missed by all who loved you. You touched so many lives and were an inspiration.



8 years ago


You will always have a special place in my heart and you will missed by everyone. I was blessed to have known you and will remember your beautiful smile whenever I think of you. My special prayers are sent out to you so that you may be at peace and also to your family members.

Much love to Karen, Christopher, Katey and Jesse and Aunt Joan.

Thank you for sharing her with us.

Love to all,

Leesa & Brian

Mary Ann Eitler
8 years ago

Ginni, thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Your work will go on in my heart.

Love, Mary Ann

Chris Kromplak Queen of the Wolf Pack
8 years ago

Ginni, you were a beautiful soul; truly an angel on earth. I will always remember your strength,courage and strong faith; such and inspiration to all of us.

May God give strength to your loving family.

Robyn T
8 years ago

Ginni, you were a gift given us by the Lord. You showed us what grace, faith, and love were all about. You were an inspiration to many and a blessing to us all.

May you forever be praising our Lord, stopping only to welcome each of us when it is our turn to go home.

MWAH Sunshine.

Suzy Hansen Countess Curling
8 years ago

Ginni’s faith and courage will always be an inspiration to me.

“in the arms of the angels,

may you find some comfort there”

Sara McLachlan

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Nancy Norman
8 years ago

Ginni’s faith spoke volumes on how to live every day like it was her last and to appreciate the little things,she will be missed by many.



8 years ago

Ginni’s grace, humor, and unflagging faith are an inspiration to many.

May God and wonderful memories comfort her family and friends as we mourn our loss.

8 years ago

Ginni’s maginifcent heart and lovning spirit has been a true inspirtation to all. Please accept my most sincere sympathies at this time of tremendous grief. We all know that Ginni is with her Lord and dancing in His presence. May we all have the courage to dance with her.

Karen, my love goes out to you in your sorrow. May God grant you the peace that you deserve, good and faithful sister.

To Ginni’s children and family,

Hold tight to each other as your Mother and sister has counseled. Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding.

A friend,

Margo/MS Hospitality

8 years ago

Ginni/Trace was a beautiful woman, both inside and out, and a true inspiration to so very many. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Rest in peace, Ginni, and Godspeed.

Mark La Vigne
8 years ago

I am only today learning of her passing, having lost contact with her when my life led me down a different road. My sincerest sympathies to her entire family, most particularly Chris, Katy, and Jesse. Your Mom was a wonderful woman, and she will be missed all around. I being an atheist, it might be shocking to some that she could have befriended me at all, but she laughingly called me a “heathen” and forgave me my lack of faith.

I wrote the following about Ginni in 1997, when she and I were fellow travelers at Central Texas College. In the essay, I referred to her as “Grace”, and for this reason, given the comments of so many others, I thought you’d like to know what I had thought of her then, and so many have learned about her since:


I often find myself wondering about the latest reinterpretation of the more precious words of our language. “Courage” is one. It has been demeaned so as to imply mere self -control. Courage exemplifies the better impulses of humanity, and is perhaps the one trait that guarantees its survival. Most will recall the obvious acts of bravery, while few recognize the more subtle demonstrations. My friend “Grace”, a cancer survivor, exhibits courage through her use of determination and compassion to strengthen herself and others.

Determination exhibits courage through a resolution to do all that is necessary and much that may not be. The yearning to survive as found in humans is derived from more than pure instinct. Dreams give meaning to survival. Grace has decided that she must will her disease into submission if she is to attain her goals. Cancer has left a legacy of pain which takes two dimensions. The first and most obvious is the physical pain. Her body aches in revulsion at the scars of surgery and the other treatments, which were as severe as the disease itself. The various medications she must take can cause extreme nausea and headaches which make the ordinary migraine seem trivial. The most insidious effect may be the emotional pain derived from her recently acquired inability to trust her own body. Grace has new physical disabilities; however as with all else, she is determined to stretch those limits as far as possible. She commands her body to rise each morning. This is quite an emotional chore, because inherent in that simple act is the desire to continue living. Even more strikingly, Grace exhibits the determination to succeed and thrive in spite of all that with which she must contend, by exercising to the best of her ability, furthering her education, and making a friend of every person she meets.

Compassion reveals courage as a selfless act. In order to give consideration to the problems of other people, a conscious decision to ignore her own troubles must be made. Grace does this routinely when it comes to her friends and family. This strength of character helps provide resolve by implying that no problem is insurmountable. In talking to a troubled friend, she may expend hours. In giving thought, she may consume days helping friends through their various difficulties. She is married to a soldier with whom she has had three children. With their interests in mind, Grace shoulders their burdens as well. Her husband’s duties can take him far from home in a moment’s notice, yet she finds a way to accommodate his last minute obstacles. Growing children ranging in grade from kindergarten through middle school can present unique problems. The constant squabbling that children are known for, particularly among siblings, can become unnerving. She tends to their needs as deftly and surely as the long practicing shepherd does for the flock. Strangers often find themselves to be the object of her compassion. It was exactly in this manner that I first met her, having become somewhat depressed by the circumstances of life. She found me pacing in an obviously forlorn state. Gently, and in a very soothing but non-patronizing tone, she helped me come to grips with my perceived problems. Other times will find her empathizing with victims at a distance. She feels compelled to find ways to assist those who endure tragedy. Sometimes, her helpful advice consists merely of gentle reminders that action must follow plans. Her helpful nature is largely the result of a principled set of beliefs, yet at other times it is the simple result of passion.

Bearing these precious qualities in mind, it is with great joy that I celebrate the value of the brave few. Grace is among their number. These people live anonymously, yet we are universally blessed by their presence. In nameless obscurity, without an audience, they toil for the benefit of humanity as a means by which to conquer their own demons. Like in the case of Grace, their demons seldom die alone. They help us to banish our own monsters to the closets of our souls, and through their determination and compassion, we learn the real meaning of courage. For this, I give many thanks to Grace.

Laura Swindler
8 years ago

I am so sorry for the loss of Ginni. She had such an amazing spirit that I will remember forever. Her strength and courage are forever in my memory. I can only hope to have such love and grace as I live my life day by day. She was one of the people that you meet in life and never forget.

I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you all at this time, as you grieve and as you remember Ginni. Please know that she made an impression on everyone that she met and everyone that she spoke to.



Gayle Frank
8 years ago

I am so sorry for you all. I know she is in a better place and out of pain now. The little time that I have known her I enjoyed her company so much.

I know we will all miss her.

To the family I send my condolences.


Gayle Frank

Kathy Herrin
8 years ago

I first met Ginni at Central Texas College where she and I were both studying for our Associates, Paralegal Studies. Ginni helped me get a job as a paralegal with my current employer. Both our oldest sons were best buds from middle school thru graduation. Ginni was quite a woman. She never had an ugly word to say about anyone and had great patience training me on the job.

Her inner strength is as incredible as her heart of gold. She loved her family immensely. Ginni will be greatly missed. God Bless and watch over her wonderful children.

Tamara Horne MinivanMamma
8 years ago

I knew Ginni through the YaYa message board and always admired her great strength and amazing courage. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Aunt Joan
8 years ago

I love you Ginni. You were and always will be a part of my heart. You were as much my child as you were your mothers and I hurt right now as a mother would in losing a child. But I know that one day we will see each other again. So prepare me that lighthouse next door to you my sweet child. Place an empty chair next to yours. For one day we will sit together again and watch the sunrise over the ocean. Until then my darling I will be thinking of you and I will miss you.

Your Loving Sister
8 years ago

I love you so much Ginni.

Vera N Getz crazylady
8 years ago

I only knew Ginni through the YaYa Board, but she will always be the symbol of grace and courage for me. Keeping her family in my prayers. God Bless y’all.

Mimi Champlin
8 years ago

I send my sincerest condolences to all of Ginni’s family and friends. Someone much smarter than I once said “Death is one moment, life is so many”. Ginni is with her Lord. I pray that you all can live in the joy of who she continues to be as long as she is remembered.

I am so sorry for your loss.

Michelle Johnson
8 years ago

I share the pain with Trace’s loving family. I miss her but am so glad that she is surrounded by peace and comfort. What a wonderful and courageous woman for us all to learn from and live by.

God bless you all,


Michele aka Barefoot
8 years ago

I was fortunate enough to meet Ginni in person just before she left TX at a Ya-Ya gathering in Dallas in June of 2003. Ginni was grace personified and she was an inspiration to so many of us. She was the wind beneath our wings and will be deeply missed. I am thankful that she is not longer in pain and that she is with her Lord. Ginni will forever be an angel looking after each of us and I am blessed to have been able to know her.

Merissa Lee Kelley
8 years ago

I was so saddened to read about Ginni, she fought such a courageous battle for so long. I know her faith and her family was instrumental in giving her the strength to meet her battle head on. Karen, you are the kind of sister everyone should have. I know there was nothing you would not have done on Ginni’s behalf…you fought right along side of her and I admire your tenacity. My prayers are with you. Lean on God, He will sustain you…He never fails.

Much love


Until Weíre Face to Face

Time flies by down here on earth, but every once in awhile

A moment freezes still in time and always brings a smile

The ìjoy of youî will never fade; your spirit still lives on

The very essence of your being remainsÖthoí you are gone

Memories and pictures will have to do, until weíre face to face

United in our Heavenly home and surrounded by Godís grace

Until that day weíll lean on God, for He will help us through

Itís a comfort knowing Heís with usÖand also there with you

Val Pearce
8 years ago

I was very sorry to hear of your loss. I am a teacher of Gabrielle. I know she will miss her aunt very much. I will be thinking of your family during this difficult time. Val Pearce

Tarri Feden
8 years ago

I will miss your beautiful spirit and humor.

Laura Moran Bklyn Belle
8 years ago

I wish you eternal peace.

I never got a chance to get to know you but I followed your story and that of your sister. You have shown us strength and grace. You lessons were well-taught and won’t ever be forgotten.

8 years ago

I’m so sorry for your lost. You and your family are in my prayers!!! God bless!!!

Alex King
8 years ago

I’m so sorry Karen. It’s been a long rouph road, but what better than to be in the presence of The Lord with a brand new body and no more sickness and pain.

I’m here for you. We both have some difficult minutes, hours, days…ahead. I’m here for you.

Love Alex

Denise Day
8 years ago

Instead of logging in and seeing your warmth in words, I can now look up and see you dancing amongst the stars. Live on dear Trace….. You remain in many hearts. Thank you for being my friend.

8 years ago

It amazes me when I see how much one person affected and loved so many people in so many ways. Then, I remember that was how Ginni was. Her smile could brighten the darkest of days and her faith and strength could get you through anything. I thank you Ginni, for so many things. But most of all, for being my friend and showing me that no matter what life throws at us and how overwhelming things may seem, we are never alone. Though I miss you, I know you are looking down at us smiling that wonderful smile. I know we will see each other again and until that day comes, you will remain in my heart.

Krystyna Karminska
8 years ago

Jennifer and Family, I’m very sorry to learn about your loss. My prayers are with all of you.

May God console you in your pain. He took your Beloved One, but is giving you an Angel to look after you and pray for you…

Cleve & Kelly Dye
8 years ago

Joan & Family –

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please, if you need us for anything, don’t be afraid to call.

Much love,

Cleve & Kelly Dye