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Virginia Dietz Eshbaugh

May 26, 1942 - March 23, 2020

CHESAPEAKE, VA – Virginia Brooks (Dietz) Eshbaugh, 77, died peacefully March 23, 2020, surrounded by her children. Ginger was born in Boston to the late Walter Herman Dietz Jr. and Marion Elizabeth (Fales) Dietz and grew up in Newton Centre. She graduated from Newton High School, and went on to graduate first in her class at The Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing in 1963. Ginger worked for many years as a registered nurse both in Boston and at Cape Cod Hospital, and then later worked as a library assistant for 15 years with Barnstable Public Schools, both of which she loved. She was a longtime member of South Congregational Church in Centerville, MA, where she lived for more than 40 years and raised four children. She was an avid reader and gardener, and enjoyed walking and doing crossword puzzles. She made pickles and baked fruitcakes and Christmas cookies year after year for friends and family. She was predeceased by her husband William Hall Eshbaugh and her brother Walter H. Dietz III.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving children, Jennifer W. McKee (Alan) of Chesapeake, VA, Peter M. Woodbury (Jodi) of Wilbraham, MA, Sarah E. Gentile (Brian) of Leicester, MA, and Bill H. Eshbaugh Jr. (Megan) of Suffolk, VA; sister, Judith Win (Ba Win) of Great Barrington, MA; uncle, John M. Dietz of Truro, MA;  cousin, Janet (Gary) Miller of Colrain, MA; grandchildren, Alexandra, Maya, Jack, Isabella, Liam, Jay, and Vincent; and a host of other family and friends.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or South Congregational Church, 565 Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632.  Express condolences to the family at

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