Virginia L. “Jinny” Streckfus, a retired Howard County General Hospital registered nurse who was an advocate for her Inner Harbor neighborhood, died Saturday, December 12, 2020, of cancer at Gilchrist Center in Towson. She was 85.
The former Virginia Loretta Newman, daughter of Richard Newman, a Westinghouse Electric Corp. employee, and his wife, Katherine Newman, who worked at Hutzler’s department store, was born in Baltimore and raised in Arbutus.
Jinny graduated in 1953 from Catonsville High School and married Donald L. Streckfus of Baltimore the following year. They settled in Allview Estates in Columbia, where they raised their three daughters. During this time she was active in the PTA, in Girl Scout leadership, and at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Columbia.
In 1977, she graduated from the nursing program at Howard Community College. After her certification, she worked at Howard County General Hospital, both as an oncology nurse and in the unit for postpartum mothers after the birth of their babies. Her marriage ended in divorce in 1984. She retired from nursing in 2007.
Jinny lived in Ocean Pines following her retirement. In 2013 she moved to Christ Church Harbor Apartments on Light Street in the Inner Harbor.
There, she earned the moniker of the “Book Lady” for her work in arranging bookmobile visits. She wrote letters to Baltimore city councilors advocating for the replanting of trees on Inner Harbor–area streets, the installation of ramps and handrails at Baltimore Harbor Water Taxi landing areas, and the addition of library benches.
An avid reader, she enjoyed completing the New York Times and Baltimore Sun crossword puzzles, following the Orioles, visiting Ocean City with family, and strolling the boardwalk. She enjoyed flower gardening and had flower boxes wherever she lived.
Plans for a private gathering are incomplete.
She is survived by three daughters, Pamela Holmes of Timonium, Amy Goodale of Woodbine, and Katherine Streckfus of Ashland, Oregon; her companion of more than a decade, Fredric Kendall; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Priscilla (Newman) Beachley.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the locally-owned Loudon Park Funeral Home, Inc
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