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“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...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Cavalieri - Acquaintance

“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...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Peter Milcarek - Vancouver, WA

“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! ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Kathy Sleeper - Dixon, IL

“Thank you for loving me. I really felt it. Missing you down here so much already. Please get your rest. Love you always! ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Travis Lane - Sterling, IL

“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...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Maggie Newman - Rock Falls, IL

“So very sorry to learn of Ginny's passing. My most sincere condolences to her family. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Brenda Reynolds - Acquaintance

“So very sorry to learn of Ginny's passing. My most sincere condolences to her family. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Brenda K Reynolds

“So very sorry to learn of Ginny's passing. My most sincere condolences to her family. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Brenda K Reynolds

“With great sorrow I express my condolences to the family. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Larry Villa - Classmate

“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...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Ott (Ostrander) - Lakewood, CA

“Ginny was a special person, who loved her family. She will be rejoicing with those already in heaven. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Patrick McCabe - Commerce City, CO

“Sincere condolences to all of Ginny's family. Warmest thoughts and prayers For Ginny. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Patty Clark (McDonnell) - Olathe, KS


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.