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Virginia Johanna Miller

OREGON CITY — Virginia Johanna “Gin” Miller, 95, died June 28 with family present at Blessed Trinity Foster Home here. There will be a rosary Friday July 28 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Church.

Mrs. Miller was born Jan. 6, 1922, to Tony and Mary (Druffel) Reisenauer in Colton, Washington.  She attended Oenning School, a one room schoolhouse built in 1893 where seven to 12 students attended. She graduated from Colton High School in 1939 from Holy Names College in Spokane in 1945 with a bachelor’s degree in education.  Her first teaching job began with a sixth-grade class in Davenport, Washington, in 1945.  She soon met Donald Miller on a blind date and they were married in Colton June 19, 1948.  Together they had three children.  They lived in the Spokane Valley for a number of years where she taught school at St. John Vianney in Dishman, then moved to Phoenix, Arizona, for a short time, then to Portland, back to Spokane and finally to Oregon City.

Mrs. Miller would be a teacher for 22 years, including at the two-room Beaver Lake Grade School (Molalla School District) where she taught grades first through fourth and was also principal. She retired in 1978. In 1977 the Millers built, owned and operated Fir Street Mini Storage, which her sons continue to operate.  The couple retired and moved to Beavercreek in 1978.  Her husband, Don, died in 1981.     

She loved gardening, raising vegetables and herbs that she used in her cooking.  She baked wonderful fruit pies and enjoyed making applesauce and rhubarb sauce for her family.  She was an avid reader and loved to travel, visiting Europe, the United States by motor home with her son Tim, and many trips to warmer weather in Las Vegas. She loved staying on top of current events, happenings and most of all spending time with family.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her three children; Tom (Jeanne) Miller of Beavercreek, Connie (Dave) Heintz of Culver, Tim Miller of Beavercreek; five grandchildren, Travis, Ryan, David, Blair, Jolene; six great grandchildren, Derek, Dawson, Brody, Lilah, Elden, Emma; and one sister Jan Kramer of Colton.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ray Reisenauer and Jerome Reisenauer, and two sisters, Rita Grassl and Ange Wittman.

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