Virginia Van Doren, 98


Virginia Van Doren, 98, died Monday, September 21, 2020 peacefully at her home surrounded by her family.

Born in Lambertville, NJ, Mrs. Van Doren was a resident of Hopewell Borough for 73 years. She was most known for being called Ginney, Babie, or Babum.

She was retired from E.T.S. after several years of service and helped raise many children in the community with her childcare services from her home. She was a 53 year member of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, and president of the local Hopewell Club. She was a lifelong member of The Calvary Baptist Church in Hopewell.

She was known for her love of Christmas and numerous Christmas trees and holiday decor that adorned her house all year long. She made custom knit and crochet baby blankets for every new member of her family and many friends across the country. Her famous baked beans were made with love and present at every holiday and family event.

Preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, George H. Van Doren of the J.C. Van Doren and Sons Lumber Yard, her first husband Donald R. Higgins, her companion Louis Stefani, her sons-in-law Daniel C. Ciesielski, Guy E. Thompson, and Benjamin F. Good.

Virginia is survived by her children: daughters and sons in-law: Carole Ann Thompson (Byron Taylor) of New Egypt, NJ; Jeanne Lynn Ciesielski-Good, of Pennington, NJ; Kimberly Rene Howarth (Charles), of Ewing, NJ. Her Son, Edgar E Van Doren and wife Julie of Flemington, NJ : Her sister, Dorothy Franklin of Doylestown. PA, and leaves fourteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nine great great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thank you to Mary Hullfish for her devotion to Mother.

Calling hours will be Thursday evening September 24, 2020 from 5 to 7pm at the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, 2560 Pennington Rd., Pennington, NJ 08534 (Located at the Wilson Apple Funeral Home).

Funeral services will take place 10:00am Friday, September 25, 2020 at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis M. O’Neill officiating.

Interment will follow in Highland Cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Christine’s Hope for Kids: