Virginia Gorecki, 87, of Moline, Illinois, died on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Clarissa Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa. In early March 2016, she was diagnosed with brain cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Christ the King Catholic Church, Moline, with Fr. Don Levitt officiating. Entombment will be in Moline Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation is one hour before the mass at the church. Memorials may be made to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Trimble Funeral Home, Moline, is serving the family..
Virginia May Peterson was born on May 11, 1929, in Coal Valley, Illinois, the only child of Hazel Viola Young Peterson and John Peterson. Virginia married Julian Gorecki in October 1954. They were married for almost 60 years; Julian died in July 2013. Virginia and Julian are survived by their daughter, Teresa E. Gorecki of Princeton, New Jersey.
Virginia loved to travel, dine out, attend musical events and work jigsaw puzzles on her iPad. She was a "young" 86 in 2015 when she drove to New Jersey to meet her 18 year old great niece who traveled from Poland to meet her, and she spent the summer hosting her great niece for the summer in New Jersey and the Quad City area. Virginia loved to bead, make American Girl Doll Clothes, knit and crochet. She never had idle hands; her beaded jewelry creations have been worn at major social events in NYC and the American Girl Doll clothing she has made has been worn across the US, sold through her ETSY site.
Virginia lived a rich life, she was a warm and generous woman who would help anyone in need. She faced into her brain cancer diagnosis with dignity and courage. She lived each day fully until the very end. While in the Hospice House she was still knitting scarves, giving them to her caregivers at the Hospice House to show her appreciation for the excellent care she was given.
Virginia's family invites friends to share stories and condolences and light a free candle in her memory at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.