HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Virginia Lee “Ginger”) Rock Bupp, Farrell, departed this life on her birth date, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 1:43 a.m. to enter into her much desired immortality. By her side were adoring daughter, Jackie and son-in-law, Larry Naples. Ginger’s constant companion and beloved guard dog, Sasha and ever-loved granddogs, Gothic, Judah and Loki, were also by her side as she passed beyond the veil.
Born on May 12, 1934, Ginger was the youngest of 11 siblings and the beloved daughter of Agnes (Butoryac) and Nicholas Rock.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold Eugene (Gene) Bupp; an infant daughter, Ginger Lee Bupp; brothers, William Robert, Nicholas, Frank, Albert and Charles Rock and sisters, Kathryn Beggs, Ann Susleck, Mary Farley, Dorothy Kiefer and Helen Marenchin.
She is survived by her beloved companion, caregiver, BFF and daughter, Jacqueline (Bupp) and her husband, Larry Naples; daughter, Jene (Bupp) and her husband, Frank Perna; grandchild, Sarah (Perna) and her husband, Brent Freid; grandchild, Hannah Perna; son, Robert Bupp (Jessika Janene), wife, Adrienne Wehr; special niece and friend, Mary (Kiefer) Hoagland; great-nephew, Robert Hoagland and a myriad nieces and nephews.
Ginger married Gene Bupp, the love of her life on November 5, 1955 after meeting him at Geneva-on-the-Lake. They spent every moment they could with one another in love until his departure on November 1, 2010.
As a proud life-long resident of Farrell, Ginger served as Judge for the Board of Elections and was a founding member of P.U.F.F. (People United for Farrell). She was also a dedicated member of her church where she acted as secretary of the church council and also president of St. Anthony’s School Board. She started the Lenten Fish Fry program and was a master baker of the infamous “Church Bread.” As a faithful member of the church and choir she loved singing from the soul and participating in church services.
Ginger was known for giving unforgettable lamb roasts and amazing holiday gatherings honoring her Croation heritage. She was a maven of style and sustenance, an extraordinary home chef with the ability to infuse her cooking with her spirit so every dish was resplendent with her own magic dust. As an animal lover she rescued two cherished racing greyhounds, delighted in her daughter Jackie’s beloved pet crows and embraced all beings she welcomed into her life. But most of all she loved her husband and children from the bottom of her heart and soul-unconditionally.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. David D’Amore for his many years of care and guidance, Dr. Robert Piston for his surgical artistry at a most critical time and Sharon Regional Hospice for their tender loving shrouded care, most especially nurse, Susan L., nurse, Gwen, Teri, and Athena. She truly loved you ladies!
In closing – Ginger was a deeply sentient being who loved and laughed, suffered and danced… She devoured life with strength, humility and God and conquered death with magical clarity and grace! She will be remembered as the “War Horse!” Inimitable irreplaceable and unforgettable!
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., with Mass of Christian Burial beginning at at Noon, in St. Anthony Church with Fr. Matthew Ruyechan as celebrant.
Burial will be at St. Ann’s Cemetery
Arrangements are being handled by the John Flynn Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.
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