Virginia “Ginny” Bishop

Virginia “Ginny” Bishop, of Chetek, Wis., passed away on Sept. 12, 2019, after years of battling congestive heart failure. Virginia was a wonderful woman who was loved, is missed and will always be cherished.

Ginny was born in 1936 to Burnice and Verna Horton of Chetek, Wis. As a child, Ginny’s family spent time in both Wisconsin and Florida. This started a lifelong love for the sunny days and beautiful flowers that could be found year round in the Sunshine State.

During high school, Ginny met a handsome young fellow from Barron, Wis., who would win her heart. Ginny married Vern Bishop in September of 1953 at the United Methodist Church in Chetek. During their life together, Vern and Ginny were blessed with three children—Brad, Kathy and Sharon.

After spending quality time at home raising their children, Ginny joined Vern in creating and operating several of their own businesses. From the Gamble Store in Durand, Wis., to farming in Plum City, Wis., and then later Bishop’s Upholstery & Antiques in Chetek, she and Vern carried on the family tradition of creative craftsmanship.

Ginny held her time with family, friends and her beloved poodles close to her heart. Spending time with them on the water fishing, water skiing or watching a beautiful sunset were among her favorite pastimes. She loved teaching her grandchildren to play dice and Rummikub and was quite the competitor! Homosassa, Fla., was also a special place for Ginny. She loved wintering there with the whole gang on Sesame Street Terrace.

Ginny is survived by her son, Brad Bishop; daughter, Kathy (Dale) King; daughter, Sharon (Jim) Solberg; brother, Loren Horton; sister-in-law, Leonese Smith; many nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Bishop; father and mother, Burnice and Verna Horton; sister, Luella Fawley; brothers-in-law, Jalmer Bishop, Daniel Bishop, Ted Bishop and James Smith; sisters-in-law, Darlene Horton, Gloria Bishop, Joanne Bishop and Marjorie Bishop; and granddaughter Kelly Snapp.

Ginny will be remembered for her love of family, her sassy wit and love of animals.

Please join us for a time of remembrance at the Chetek Community Center, Chetek, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with a time of prayer at 11:30 a.m.

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