Virginia E. Salminen

Born December 21, 1931

Virginia E. Salminen, age 82, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by her family on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Virginia was born in NYC on December 21, 1931 and was the daughter of the late Otto Haug and Anna Onerva Hatinen Hochstein. Virginia graduated from Bladensburg High School in Maryland and earned her BA at the University of Rochester in New York. She married Olli Salminen in 1955 and moved to the Salminen farm on Iron Hill, where the couple lived for the last 59 years. After raising her family, Virginia held various positions in the medical and legal fields. Her last position was office manager for Dr. Robert Gray in Elkton, MD.

Virginia had a great sense of fashion, was an avid reader and an excellent cook. Above all else, she loved being a mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Virginia is survived by her beloved husband, Olli Salminen; children, John Salminen (Dianne), Neal Salminen (Lauren) and Laura Salminen Schwartz (David); brother, John Hochstein (Susann); and 4 grandsons; Dana, Erik, Lee and Paul Salminen.

A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday afternoon, June 24, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home of Newark, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where family and friends may visit from 1 pm until 2 pm. Interment will be held privately.


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9 Condolences for Virginia E. Salminen

  • With My Deepest Sympathy and Prayers.

  • Dear Lauren,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May your dear Virginia rest in peace and rise in glory.

    Pat Mitchell+

  • May God welcome Virginia into surpassing peace, abiding love and complete joy. She was an educated woman with a sense of fashion, who loved cooking and lived on a farm! Clearly, she embraced life in all of its beautiful depth and variety and was truly a remarkable woman. Please know of my prayer for all who mourn.

  • Virginia was part of my life for 59 of my 63 years, and I will miss her very much. I admired her sense of style, her graciousness, and her strength, and am ever grateful for her kindness to me and my family over these many years. I am sorry not to be able to come to the funeral and express my sympathy to Olli, Laura, John, Neal and their families in person; but I am happy that I was able to visit with Virginia in April. Although she was very weak and probably in pain, she was, as always, generous with her attention, asking after my husband and daughter. And, as always, she was very proud of her grandchildren, and shared pictures of them with me. I will treasure this and many other happy memories of her.

  • I was saddened to learn of Virginia’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Olli, and the entire Salminen family.
    Ranee (past caregiver)

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God hold you close and surround you all with love and peace.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God surround you with his love and peace.

  • Dear Laura, Neal, John and your families, I’m very sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I know she will be deeply missed by all of you.

    In sympathy and memory,
    Robin Jensen and family

  • Peace and joy are Virginia’s now as she is cradled in God’s loving arms. Treasure all the happy memories and have no regrets, as you were all there for her over the years and by her bedside at her passing.