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Official Obituary of

Virginia "Ginny" (Switzer) VanOstrand

February 24, 1936 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Virginia "Ginny" VanOstrand Obituary


Virgina "Ginny" Switzer VanOstrand, 88 of Auburn, was called to Heaven Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at her home, surrounded by her large, loving family. A life resident of the area, Ginny was born February 24, 1936 to the late Harold and Idabelle Morton Switzer. She was a graduate of Sherwood High School and spent her life raising her family. The door of Ginny's home was always open, welcoming neighbors, her children's friends and later on, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom called her "Grandma V". A faithful member of The Church of the Nazarene, Ginny was a lover of music and involved with their choir. She enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and never forgot anyone's birthday. Ginny will be dearly missed. 


She is survived by her children, Karen Dec (Rick), Kim Bertonica (John), Kathleen Elice, Lisa Barwinczak (Frank), Jeannie Granato and Christy VanOstrand (John); sisters Jean Grosebeck (Don), Elizabeth Green (LeRoy) and Barbara Switzer (Lynn); Grandchildren Vernon Peryea (Min), Amy Rose Fitzgerald (James), Jeff Dec, Mathew Bertonica, Alicia Gower (Tony), Gina Gera (Paul), Jeff Bertonica (Missy), Lea VanOstrand, Clay VanOstrand, Joseph Elice (Rachel), Elaine Baker (Molly), Elizabeth Baker, Lindsey Mason (Darrick), Michael Tarby (Natalie), Marissa Tarby, Zack Barwinczak (Kahle), Bethany Barwinczak, Jessica, Jake and Bella Granato, David VanOstrand (Jackie), Joe (Heather) and Julia (Nick) Tozzi and Nichole, Brett and Josephine Bielowicz; sister-in-law Tammy (Paul) Behara; Special nephew Billy Mitchell and several loving great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 


In addition to her parents, Ginny was predeceased by her husband of 63 years Clarence R. VanOstrand Jr.; one son Clarence "Ronnie" VanOstrand III; siblings, Harold Switzer and Evelyn Rusin; son-in-law Paul Granato; and in-laws Patricia and William Mitchell. 


Friends are invited to join the family for a funeral service to be offered Monday, March 11, 2024 at 10:30am in The Church of the Nazarene 3360 E. Genesee St, Auburn. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours for Ginny will be conducted Sunday, from 3 to 6pm in the White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South Street, Auburn.


Contributions may be made in memory of Ginny to The Church of the Nazarene or Hospice of the Finger Lakes. 



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March 10, 2024

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
White Chapel Funeral Home, Inc.
197 South Street
Auburn, NY 13021

Funeral Service
March 11, 2024

10:30 AM
Auburn Church of the Nazarene
3360 East Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021


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