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Virginia A. Pensel

March 2, 1939 - September 22, 2019

          Virginia A. “Ginger” Pensel, age 80, of Milford, DE, and formerly of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

          Born in Wilmington, DE on March 2, 1939, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Ida Virginia (Roe) Duling.  Ginger graduated from P.S. DuPont High School in 1957 and continued as a member of the alumni reunion committee.  She dedicated her life to her family as a talented and loving homemaker.

          Devoted to her faith, Ginger was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Milford, DE.  She was an avid sewer and doll collector.  Ginger will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and dear friend to many.

          In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John Wesley Duling, Jr. and Carlton Duling.  Ginger is survived by her husband of 62 years, Charles H. Pensel, Jr.; children, Sharon Pensel-Jones (Bill) of Landenberg, PA, Kathy Pensel-Ramsay (Stephen) of Chesapeake City, MD and Daniel C. Pensel (Kimberly) of Middletown, DE; grandchildren, Brian Cannon (Samantha) of New Castle, Sean Cannon (Natasha) of Laurel, Elizabeth R. Pensel of Wilmington, NC and Zachary D. Pensel of Middletown; great grandchildren, Ryan, Liam and Bennie; and her canine companions, Mocha and Sadie.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 10:30 am on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 10:30 am.  Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ginger’s memory to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.

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  • While I only met Ginger twice before she died, it was obvious that her faith was deep and strong. She is remembered fondly and well at Christ Church, Milford, where she served on the Altar Guild, the Hospitality Committee for coffee hour and special church events, and for her occasional and cheerful help with the Church School. May flights of angels attend to Ginger’s soul and may her soul the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace and rise in glory.

    (the Rev’d Dr) Elizabeth Kaeton,
    The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware at Christ Church, Milford

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Aunt Ginger. Her passing was such a shock and will be dearly missed. She always made of our family and was always considered to be like you, one of our own! My prayers will be with you, the children and grandchildren. God bless you all!

  • Pensel Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Ginger will be missed at our Diamond State Doll Club meetings.
    RIP Ginger, Prayers to you all.

  • My very close friendship with Ginger began when we were in elementary school.
    Together, we would walk to Harlan; and, when we graduated to junior high, we hiked the long stretch to PS Dupont high school where we continued until our graduation in 1957. Ginger and Charlie married after she graduated, and I went on to college. But, later in life, they, and we, continued our friendship and with the six children between us enjoyed vacations together in Bethany Beach. Ginger and I were avid doll collectors and how much fun we had talking about our composition children. Gingers spirit has gone on to explore only what we can hope for. I loved her as my friend of over 72 years.

  • I’ve done Ginger’s hair every Thursday for years now. She became like family to me. I will truly miss her amazing personality and smile. Thursday’s will never be the same for me. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family