Virginia "Ginny" Brainerd

  • Born: October 19, 1952
  • Died: July 24, 2020
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

STERLING – Virginia Mary Brainerd, 67 of Sterling died Friday July 24, 2020 at residence at Heritage Woods of Sterling.

Ginny was born October 19, 1952 in Milwaukee, WI the daughter of Joseph D. and Ramona (Ostrander) Bittorf. She attended St. Mary School and Newman Central High School in Sterling and graduated from Northern Illinois University. Ginny had been a school teacher having taught first at Grand Detour and later, other schools in the area as well as substitute teaching. Her family was of utmost importance to Ginny and found great enjoyment in holding on to the family heritage.
Survivors include her daughter, Courtney (Mike) Janssen; her son Benjamin Brainerd; her brother, Joseph L. Bittorf; her sisters: Chris Bittorf and Betsy (David) Foy; her three grandchildren: Andrew Kobbeman, Jacob Janssen and Thomas Janssen; and her special friend, Greg.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Riley Brainerd.

Face masks and social distancing requirements will be enforced for a public visitation to allow 50 persons at a time on Thursday July 30, 2020 fro, 9:30 – 11 AM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. Followed by graveside services at 11:30 AM at Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon, with the Reverend Richard R. Kramer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Ginny, I liked you, a lot. You were the first person to introduce the theory of children in heaven choosing their parents, people who were already here on earth, who needed them. You always had a tilt to the way of understanding this world. You were fragile and strong and spiritual, realizing the world was real and often difficult to navigate, yet you seemed always to keep a a sense of wonder tucked away. I am sorry for your family's loss of you. You are now home, and free to be pure love once again.

Posted by Linda Cavalieri - Acquaintance   August 22, 2020

So sorry to hear of Ginny's passing. My sincere condolences to family and friends. There will never be another Ginny. I'll never forget her. May she Rest In Peace. She is in my prayers.

Posted by Peter Milcarek - Vancouver, WA - Friend   August 06, 2020

I am so sorry to read this....Blessings to her kids and brother Joe....Jinny is well remembered from StMarys and NHS...hugs to all!

Posted by Kathy Sleeper - Dixon, IL - Friend   August 05, 2020

Thank you for loving me. I really felt it. Missing you down here so much already. Please get your rest. Love you always!

Posted by Travis Lane - Sterling, IL - Family   August 03, 2020

I am sorry for your loss.My prayers are with your family and friends.I will remember you Ginny for your passion and friendship. God Bless your family is my prayer

Posted by Maggie Newman - Rock Falls, IL - Friend   July 30, 2020

So very sorry to learn of Ginny's passing. My most sincere condolences to her family.

Posted by Brenda Reynolds - Acquaintance   July 30, 2020

So very sorry to learn of Ginny's passing. My most sincere condolences to her family.

Posted by Brenda K Reynolds    July 30, 2020

So very sorry to learn of Ginny's passing. My most sincere condolences to her family.

Posted by Brenda K Reynolds    July 30, 2020

With great sorrow I express my condolences to the family.

Posted by Larry Villa - Classmate   July 29, 2020

Ginny, I believe you were my oldest cousin on my dads side. It's so hard to say goodbye... I pray that you're at peace in heaven. The only memory I can think of right now is when I graduated from high school many many yrs ago.. I came to visit grandma and little Courtney was maybe two weeks old, I remember holding her and I knew at age 17, that i couldn't wait to be a mom. Love you and all your family. Rest in Pearce until we all meet you in Heaven. Love, Lisa (your cousin)

Posted by Lisa Ott (Ostrander) - Lakewood, CA - Family   July 28, 2020

Ginny was a special person, who loved her family. She will be rejoicing with those already in heaven.

Posted by Patrick McCabe - Commerce City, CO - Family   July 28, 2020

Sincere condolences to all of Ginny's family.
Warmest thoughts and prayers For Ginny.

Posted by Patty Clark (McDonnell) - Olathe, KS - Classmate   July 27, 2020