Virginia Kelly Luisada (Age 73) passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in Georgetown Hospital, Washington, DC after a long illness. Known as Ginger to family and friends, she was born in Carbondale, PA on November 25, 1944, daughter of the late Joseph and Virginia Kelly. She graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School, class of 1962 with special recognition as Class Poet, and from Marywood College, Scranton, PA where she received both bachelor and master degrees in English. Ginger's greatest passions in life were British literature, nature--both animal and flora--and traveling.
She began her career as an English teacher in Honesdale, PA, later teaching in Chicago, Illinois, and Fairfax County, VA where she shared her great love of literature and poetry with students. At Herndon High School she was head of the English Department and later joined Fairfax County Public School's Human Relations team in the Office of Equity and Compliance. There she was an investigator and later a counselor with EASE, the Employee Assistance Program until retirement. For the last sixteen years she worked at the Northern Virginia Institute of Psychiatry in Springfield, VA and helped her husband's patients obtain insurance benefits denied by insurance as well as tending to all the wide-ranging patient concerns.
Her travels took her around the globe to Ireland, China, Japan, and safari in Africa. She rode next to lions and rhinos, was able to pet a cheetah and an eagle, and walked on the Great Wall.
She is survived by her husband Dr. Paul Luisada of Alexandria, VA, a daughter Elizabeth Luisada and her husband Scott Willis, and grandson Ian Bright Willis, Crystal Lake, PA, two sisters, Ellen Kelly Holland, Alexandria, VA, and Marion Kelly, Mason Neck, VA, four nieces and nephews, Kelly Elizabeth Cramer, Watertown, MA, John Kevin Cramer, Alexandria, VA, Kathleen Ellen Hedberg, Washington, DC, and David Thompson, Washington, DC, and three grand nieces and a nephew. The Luisada's have resided for the last 48 years in Alexandria, VA.
A Viewing will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Alexandria, VA on Monday, September 17 at 12:30 pm with a Visitation to follow at 1:00pm. Funeral Mass to be held at 2pm and eulogies immediately following at 3:00 pm. Interment will be held at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery in PA on Wednesday. For a detailed schedule of the services, please click on the 'Service Details' tab above.
Condolences may be sent to Dr. Paul Luisada, 2616 Sherwood Hall Lane, #206, Alexandria, VA 22306. In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made in Virginia's name to weta.org under Memorial Gifts, or by phone at 703-998-2724.