Virginia (Ginny) Drew Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Virginia (Ginny) Drew, 80, of Phoenix, died September 6, after a two-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Stanley and Vera (Loss) Gelish. Ginny grew up dancing. She took the subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan for singing and dancing lessons. Her dance teacher was Fred Kelly, Gene Kelly’s brother. Ginny studied ballet, tap, acrobatics and toe dancing. She performed at the Academy of Music and Carnegie Hall when she was 12. Throughout her life, she enjoyed watching Broadway shows. Ginny graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and Syracuse University with a major in Radio and Television and a minor in Russian Studies. After graduating, she worked for WPAT Radio in New York and ABC Radio West in Hollywood, California. Ginny remained an active member of the Syracuse Alumni Association and was a strong supporter of the University and its sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. She recently received her 60-year-old sorority pin. Ginny called Moon Valley (Phoenix) home in the early 1970s, where she began her career as a travel consultant. She has volunteered with the Phoenix Jaycees and at a maternity hospital and has supported numerous cancer and wildlife charities. Ginny has traveled all over the world and her friends, family and clients have benefited from her travel expertise. She has been rafting in Washington and Costa Rica and rafting and dog sledding in Alaska. She has traveled to 47 states and over 31 countries, including a trip through the former USSR. Ginny married Dennis in 1988 and they enjoyed road trips around Arizona, trips to Alaska and Europe and split their time between Phoenix and Flagstaff. They took the family on several memorable cruises to Alaska, Mexico and the Caribbean. Ginny also loved water aerobics and any destination that included a stop at the beach. Ginny is survived by her husband, Dennis, son, Russell (April) Brown of Parker, Colorado, daughter, Ali (James) Lyrenmann of Glendale, granddaughter, Madison Lyrenmann of Moorpark, CA, grandson RJ (Kiley) Lyrenmann of Mesa, great-granddaughter, Gracie of Mesa, daughter-in-law, Michelle Drew, of Phoenix, daughter-in-law Gina (Austin) of Phoenix, step-grandchildren, Halligan and Penelope of Phoenix and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; his sister, Stella Ost, his brother-in-law, Mel Ost, his brother Alexander Halakewicz and his stepson, Austin Drew. A celebration of life will be held on November 5, 2022 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the home of Dennis and Ginny. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Civitan Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or any wildlife conservancy.

Posted on September 16, 2022

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November 05, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.