Virginia Hayes

October 09, 1934 - November 06, 2021

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Saturday, November 13, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Saturday, November 13, 12:30 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Virginia (Ginny) Lehman Hayes, age 87, of Kendallville passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at her home in Kendallville.

Virginia was born on October 9, 1934 in Ashtabula, Ohio to Menno I. and Helen (Cleveland) Lehman. She married Joseph B. Hayes on November 30, 1957 in Berne, Indiana.

A graduate of Berne-French Township High School, Berne, Indiana and Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, she taught home economics in Rochester, NY and Portland, IN. She trained as a swim instructor as a staff member at Chester YWCA in Chester, PA. After the family relocated to Kendallville, IN, she continued swim instruction at Bixler Lake. When the Cole Center YMCA of Kendallville opened, she served as the Aquatic Director and the Executive Director. Her most loved job was teaching swimming to community members aged 6 months to 88 years.

Mrs. Hayes was also the Assistant General Manager of the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park. As the Special Events Coordinator for the Indiana State Park Inns, she ran the Elderhostel/Road Scholar and the Road Rally programs.

A member of The Indiana Descendants of the Mayflower, she served on the Executive Committee as Board Secretary. She was currently a member of the Pokagon Chapter of DAR, the Indiana Descendants of the Mayflower Society, Soule Kindred (George Soule, Pilgrim), Quest Club and Trinity Church United Methodist.

Virginia enjoyed traveling and planning reunions for her high school classmates, Elderhostel and family. She has also written histories for her family members, including her husband, her Descendant of the Mayflower mother, and Swiss ancestry father, grandfather and great grandfather in Berne, IN.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan (Christopher) Courter of Fairfield, OH, and Judith (Craig) Huss of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; four grandchildren, Jeremy (Tasha) Courter, Joshua (Dora) Courter, Keila Huss and Henry Huss; and four great-grandchildren, Ben Courter, Jack Courter, Juno Courter and Mace Menno Courter. She is also survived by a niece and two nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph in 2015, a son, Robert in 1987 and a sister, Barbara Lehman Henderson in 2012.

Services will be held Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville, officiated by her long-time friend, Regan Ford. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at MRE Cemetery in Berne.

Visitation is Saturday one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the Cole Center Family YMCA Scholarship Fund for senior citizen programming/membership.

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Becky (Baker) Brown
November 20th, 2021 2:56am

Judy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Many fond memories of your mom as my swim instructor and growing up together at church. Sorry I missed you at the store. Prayers for peace in the coming days.

Nancy B. Shott
November 16th, 2021 2:12am
Hilton, NY

Ginny & I were room-mates at Baldwin Wallace. We both taught Home Economics upon her graduation in Rochester--(my home city) We had a great year. She met Joe and I was in their wedding on Nov. 30, 1957. She's been my e-mail pal of recent years. Ginny will be a loss to many. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Love, Nancy & Jim

Nancy B. Shott
November 16th, 2021 2:06am
Hilton, NY

Ginny & I were room-mates at Baldwin Wallace. We both taught Home Economics upon her graduation in Rochester--(my home city) We had a great year. She met Joe and I was in their wedding on Nov. 30, 1957. She's been my e-mail pal of recent years. Ginny will be a losss to many. Please accept our deepest smypathy. Love, Nancy & Jim

Tina Luttman
November 15th, 2021 10:03pm

Ginny was my swimming instructor at Bixler Lake. She was very kind and was patient with all the kids, I will never forget her as she helped me overcome my fear. My sympathy to the family and prayers are with you all.

Marietta Hite
November 12th, 2021 10:05pm

Ginny and I became good friend while working at the Y in Kendallville. She was a great inspiration to me. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.🙏

Jen Cleveland & Mark Leykauf
November 11th, 2021 2:05pm
Fort Wayne, IN

Ginny was a ray of sunshine when she laughed and a mover and a shaker when anything needed doing. We will miss her at our family reunions as she was the center around which the event turned. Blessings to her kids, grandkids and greats.

Onale Neufeld
November 11th, 2021 10:00am

Ginny was a high. School classmate and was receiving our letters to make a booklet for our 70 th anniversary.. She will be sorely missed for all she did for our class. She was such a loving generous person with her time and talents.

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November 9th, 2021 8:18pm


Susan Norris
November 9th, 2021 2:13pm

Ginny was a very dear friend to my Mom ( Shirley Spidel). She will miss their visits together. Ginny was also Director at the YMCA when I was working there as a swim teacher and life guard in high school. She will be missed. Our sympathy and prayers to your family. Shirley Spidel & Susan Norris

Cheri Carpenter
November 8th, 2021 9:23pm
Angola, IN

Joe, Susan, and extended family... Ginny was a very special person and will be dearly missed. I appreciated her involvement with our DAR Chapter. Thinking of you and yours. Cheri Carpenter, Regent, Pokagon Chapter, DAR.

Paula Worthington
November 8th, 2021 12:46pm

Susan and family your Mom was my mentor and I wouldn't be where I am in the hospitality industry without her training and teachings. She was also a very good friend. Will miss her a lot. Hugs and prayers to you and the family.

Kathleen S Robertson
November 8th, 2021 3:03am
Kouts, Indiana

Ginny was a wonderful boss at The Inn, she was caring and kind to everyone! Rip Ginny!