Ginger died on Saturday, February 27th with her husband and 3 children at her bedside in San Jose, CA.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, David Stypula; daughter Dana Reed (husband Jeremy), and two sons Philip Stypula (wife Kathy) and Paul Stypula (wife Kirsten). She had 6 grandchildren that were the light of her life; Madeline, Makena, Jacob, Gianna, Mia and Jack. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Lillian Hesselgrave and her brother Paul Hesselgrave, Jr.
Ginger was born on April 23, 1947 in Martinsville Virginia, hence the given name of “Virginia”. Her family moved to Campbell, California in 1956 and graduated from Del Mar High School in 1965 where she met her husband, David (class of 1964). Ginger and David married in 1970 and moved to Woodinville, Washington in 1975 where she made more life long friends.
They finally settled into their Almaden home in 1980 to be closer to family. Ginger prided herself on raising her 3 children in Almaden Valley and is now appropriately dubbed the original “Helicopter Mom”. She was a semi-permanent figure at the Ohlone Hills and Simonds Elementary schools and well-known to all parents, student, teachers and administrators. She was a yard duty during recess, equipped with her famous whistle around her neck, and volunteered in all school and sports related activities. She was an impeccable homemaker and her kids always came home from school to their mom, who made sure they completed all of their assignments to the best of their ability prior to having any fun. While family dinners rarely occurred together during the school week, she worked effectively as an “air traffic controller” as she seamlessly coordinated departing, arriving, transportation, communication and meals for her family despite their many extracurricular activities.
There was not a football, basketball or baseball game that Ginger missed. She attended all of the local and out of town Pioneer Dance Team competitions and was literally the BIGGEST cheerleader for her 3 children.
In the summer, she kept her kids busy in a multitude of camps (local day cheer camps for Dana as well as computer camps, sports camps and away camps for all three). It was not always fun and games for the Stypula children, as they spent many summer hours attending the “Where There’s a Will There’s an A” video seminar meant to teach students how to excel in their studies. After work was done, Ginger was seen with her children and their friends and neighbors at the community pool up the street where Ginger was sure to work on her tan while wearing her famous whistle around her neck and ensuring appropriate behavior and safety. No one got hurt on her watch, and it was usually Phil that would need to take a 5 minute break on the side of the pool.
Of special love to Ginger were the the twins, Ella and Gia Galante, who she was known as “Gramma G”. Ginger considered them her 7th and 8th grandchildren and helped raise them when momma Kelly went back to work.
Ginger made friends everywhere she went and it was not uncommon for her to develop a relationship with the local server at Chilis or the checker at Alpha Beta. Everyone who knew her, loved her. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends.