Virginia Helen ‘Ginny’ (Johnson) Shea obituary

Shea, Virginia (Ginny) Helen Johnson died on November 3, 2022. Ginny is survived by their daughter Glynis (Daniel Joyce); son Andrew, daughter-in-law Jennifer Shea; and granddaughter Sidney Schultz, as well as her younger brothers John Johnson (Kerrville, TX) and Bill Johnson (Moorhead, MN) and older sister, Toni Moran (Stockton, CA). Ginny was born on November 11, 1939 to Vera Andreotti and William Johnson in Mount Horeb, WI. The family began in the Twin Cities, but Fort Worth, TX was the crowded, loving home of their youth. Smart, artistic, athletic, she was the beauty of her high school — reportedly going on three dates in one day. For college, she returned to the Twin Cities to attend Saint Scholastica and St. Catherine (BA in Mathematics), where she lived with her Johnson aunts and found happiness with the extended Andreotti family. After college, Ginny moved to Washington DC, where she raised a family with her husband at law school. They relocated between DC and Minnesota and chose Edina as their home. Ginny was a super mom: pirate parties; Valentine’s ships loaded with candy; Halloween costume contests; ad hoc dance sessions; wreath decoration; Share and teach family recipes. Not only did she drive her kids to numerous sporting events, she coached/managed teams, served as a local reporter and could beat the hell out of a cowbell. Her artistic talent unfolded in the MFA program Drawing and Painting at the University of Minnesota. Her dynamic abstractions and expressive watercolors are family treasures. This love of art and creativity touched many lives – as a lecturer at the Walker Art Center (MN) and the Corcoran & National Gallery (DC), as a fundraiser for the DFL or Regina High School, as a paper mache for the MayDay parade, as a volunteer for the AIGA, which helps the participants in the Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Race. Virginia’s self-proclaimed notion of being a “right-brain-left-brain victim” defined her professional life: she ran punch cards in DC, led notarizations at the 1976 Democratic National Convention in NYC, marketed early Control Data Auto-CAD systems, sat for the Apple/Mac platform as a first generation desktop publishing design professional and trainer, eventually founding her own graphic design company – Mac on the Park. Ginny loved to entertain, whether it was wine and cheese on the deck, an extreme Halloween event, or a (never) easy Easter or Christmas. She was a proud member of the extended Shea clan and cherished their love, parties and support throughout her life. The mistress of great food, her great taste resulted in seven-course, wine-paired menus created and judged on taste and visual enjoyment. In celebration, Ginny’s energy filled a room, dinner, or even a patio. In honor of her beautiful, exuberant, delicious, creative, open, laughing, and strong-willed life, there will be an Open House Holiday Extravaganza Memorial on December 3, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact [email protected] for more details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on her behalf to the Abortion Care Network at abortioncarenetwork.org/donate/.

Released November 27, 2022

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