Virginia “Ginny” Ilnisky Schmid, born September 14, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to William and Kathryn (Chyz) Ilnisky departed this life October 20,2020. After working for Northwest Airlines and Pan Am, she then went to Chrysler Missile as a travel agent where she met her future husband, Paul W. Schmid. She survived a severe auto collision that required an extended hospital stay. During this time Paul tended to her and eventually proposed. After a European honeymoon, they moved to Titusville, Florida when it was still a fishing village. While there they raised three children in the admonition and fear of the Lord. They were married 55 years before Paul passed away in 2014. She was subsequently relocated to Tennessee to be near her daughter for the rest of her days.
Being a world traveler and never meeting a stranger, Ginny would engage anyone and everyone that came across her path. Not only an active supporter of long-term remote missions, she also hosted those missionaries in her home when they were on furlough. She also showed her children how to serve by volunteering at the renovation of the Naval Academy in Sanford, FL to a new headquarters for New Tribes Missions. Additionally, she transported, fed, and cared for strangers rendering aid when needed. As an avid host she frequently had many international visitors in her home- exchange students (France, Columbia, Chile), Vietnamese refugees, Russian immigrants, and a few VIPs for NASA launches.
She shared her keen appreciation of the arts with her children, specifically her love for classical music. As a musician she played the Hawaiian guitar on radio as a child and the French horn in her adolescent years.
Christmas and Thanksgiving were always big events with extended family and included a broad variety of cuisine including Polish and Ukrainian dishes.
Virginia is survived by her younger brother Rev. Bill (Esther) Ilnisky; Her children: oldest son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Suzanne Schmid, and their children Katie, John and Timothy, of Gainesville, Ga.; daughter, Susan K. Schmid, of Morristown, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, James and Tricia Schmid, and their twin sons, Paul and David, of Calera, Ala.; and an extended family who loved her.
Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
A small service will be held at the Park Ave Baptist House of Ashkelon, 1651 S Park Ave, Titusville, FL; November 21, 2020 at 11 AM. A celebration dinner of her life will be held immediately following the service. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to: Music Mission Kiev.org which includes the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (KSOC), a Christian Ukrainian music group or Ethnos360.org formerly the New Tribes Mission.
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