SCHWERIN—Virginia “Gini” Jane Schwerin of Florence passed away Aug. 6, 2021, at the home she loved.
Gini, as she was known to her family and friends, was a woman who lived life fully with laughter, joy and love.
She was born Dec. 31, 1932, in Detroit, Mich., to Mary and Elmer Schwerin, the first of two children. Gini always liked to use New Year’s Eve as the reason to celebrate her birthday in style.
She joined the U.S. Navy in 1951, after graduating from high school, and served three years in Hawaii and one year in Long Beach. When in Hawaii, she enjoyed exploring the island, the culture and the foods of Hawaii. Pineapple was a special treat.
After leaving the Navy, she returned to school and attended universities in Monterey and Los Angeles before moving to Torrance, Calif., and taking a job with Douglas Aircraft in El Segundo. Following a move to Manhattan Beach, Gini took a position with Metlox Pottery and worked there before being employed by the University of Southern California. Her last position was as financial manager at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. She worked there until her retirement in 1975.
Gini met her spouse, Lillian Hunter, in 1970 and the pair shared a loving, committed relationship for 51 years, until Gini’s death. They were married Oct. 21, 2013, after the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned by the United States Supreme Court.
The pair were devoted fans of the USC football team, attending virtually all home games while living in Diamond Bar. After both retired, they moved to La Quinta in the Palm Springs area.
In retirement, they loved to travel and entertain. Some of Gini’s favorite travel destinations were The Galapagos islands, Machu Picchu and Europe.
Gini and Lillian moved to Florence in 2005 and had a close circle of friends in the community. They became great fans of the University of Oregon sports teams, especially women’s basketball and softball.
In addition to Lillian, Gini is survived by her sister Karen Gabel and her husband Don, her niece, Trisha and three nephews Mark, Steven (Ann Marie) and Jim (Amy), several grand nieces and nephews and the pair’s very loved dog, Tulip.
Memorial services will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Oregon Coast Humane Society.