Virginia (Ginger) Starks
Ginger Starks passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021 after a brief illness. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her gardening, cooking, and entertaining, and for her quiet sense of humor.
Daughter of Louis and Lorraine Sittler, Ginger grew up on a farm in Garden Plain, Kansas, with her three sisters. After graduating high school as class valedictorian, she attended Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas. There, she met her husband Jerald (Jerry) Starks, who was attending the nearby St. Benedict’s College. After graduation in 1970, the two were married and moved to the Denver area.
Ginger and Jerry spent much of the next twenty years living in Arvada, where they had two children. Besides taking care of the house and kids, Ginger enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, and bowling. She was also involved in school activities, local community groups, and the parish altar society.
In 1988, the family moved to Keenesburg when Jerry became president of Citizens State Bank. In Keenesburg, Ginger participated in the Holy Family Church altar society, served on the board of Timberwood Housing Authority, cooked and served meals for the Lunch Bunch at the American Legion, and created a beautiful garden. Once the kids were grown, she also enjoyed coming up with menus of foods to share with friends in the couple’s pub-themed basement.
Ginger is survived by her husband, by children Courtney Starks (Joe Jez) and Jim Starks, granddaughter Kayleigh Jez, sisters Rose Ann Sittler, Mary Kay Shankle, and Jane West, and extended family.
A funeral will be held on Saturday, October 16 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Parish in Roggen.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Keenesburg American Legion Auxiliary (PO Box 4, Keenesburg, CO 80643), or to the Loaves and Fishes food bank ( https://a-step-back.com/cumckeenesburg/?page_id=35 ).
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