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Virginia Mae “Ginny” Cyphert McKenna

Virginia Mae “Ginny” Cyphert McKenna, age 94, of Shelby, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the Primrose Retirement Community of Mansfield where she resided.

Virginia was born July 28, 1925 in Somerset, PA, the youngest child of four to the late John and Estella (Kuhs) Kimmel. She graduated from Somerset High School and attended Juniata College of Nursing in Huntingdon, PA. Virginia married Thomas Cyphert from Latrobe, PA and together they had four sons who survive: Jeffery (Peggy) Cyphert of Grand Blanc, MI, Dr. Thomas Cyphert of Brecksville, OH, David (Anne) Cyphert of Lithopolis, OH, and Michael (Denny Mentessi) of Shelby, OH. Also surviving are grandchildren: Katie Cyphert, Amy Cyphert, Jason Cyphert, Jennifer (Cyphert) Wampler, Thomas Cyphert, Kevin Cyphert, Christopher Cyphert, Lauren (Cyphert) Do, and John Cyphert; and great grandchildren: Elliana and Quinn Wampler, Brynleigh Cyphert, and Grace Cyphert.

Ginny spent her life working at various doctor’s offices and volunteered for many years at varying hospitals. She had moved several times throughout her life as part of her husband Tom’s career. They retired in Largo, FL and enjoyed time together there. After her husband Tom’s death in 1998, she found love again with Robert W. McKenna from Shelby, OH. Robert had five children with his wife Mary (deceased); Roberta, Patrick (deceased), Colleen, Megan, and Kenna. Ginny and Bob were married November 10, 2007 and he preceded her in death just three days prior on January 11, 2020.

Ginny was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby where she was a member of the choir, The Daughters of Isabella, Altar and Rosary Society, and was a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of American Cancer Society and the Shelby Garden Club.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Ginny was preceded in death by a brother: George Kimmel and sisters: Lucille Schmidt and Grace Fishell.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby celebrated by Fr. Nicholas Weibl. Burial will be in the Mansfield Cemetery Garden of Heroes section. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Dale&Sandy Jenney says:

    We loved the time we spent with these two wonderful people. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with their family. Heaven gained two more wonderful people. God Bess.

  2. Sandra Cyphert Martin says:

    Aunt Ginny, thank you for being an inspiration on how to have hope for a better life…..never above you or below, always beside you♡

  3. Paula Creter says:

    We were so glad to have known Ginny ! She was a loving mom and loved her grandkids so much ! She was always there for them ! She lived a long and very blessed life ; we will miss her !!

  4. Linda Sizler says:

    So sorry for the loss of your Mother: Tom, and Grandmother: Jennifer, Jason, And Tom. I remember when they lived in Greenwood and she enjoyed babysitting for her grandchildren. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    The Sizler’s

  5. Colleen Garis says:

    Virginia, We are sadden that we will no longer have time with you and Dad. We will miss that beautiful smile that made our Dad’s eyes light up with joy! Will miss your visits to our home and so much more. You are one classy, caring Lady! May you rest in peace. Colleen and Howard

  6. Megan Brawley says:

    We were all so happy for Dad when he fell in love with Ginny. Our daughters, Claire and Chloe, were so excited when they were engaged. The girls literally cried when they realized that Ginny was going to be their Grandma. Ginny was warm, open, loving and had a smile that could light up a room. We are grateful for the time that she was in our lives. Megan, Mike, Claire and Chloe Brawley

  7. Natalie English says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, I always enjoyed seeing her at all the family events. She always dressed to stylish! What a beautiful life to celebrate and how blessed you all are to have had her here for so long. Praying for peace and comfort for you all.

  8. Jo Anne Shelton j says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother

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