Virginia Whitelaw

Virginia Elaine "Ginny" Whitelaw (Shene)

Saturday, March 26th, 1955 - Sunday, July 5th, 2020
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Virginia “Ginny” Elaine Whitelaw, 65, of Bloomingdale, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2020, at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

Born in Saranac Lake on March 26, 1955, she was the youngest child of the late Paul and Jeanette Shene. She graduated from Westhampton Beach High School in 1972. Virginia had been employed at the Saranac Lake High School as a teacher’s aide for 29 years and retired in 2012.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Tim “Whitey” Whitelaw, whom she married on March 17, 2002; her son William Everett and his wife Aubrey of Quincy, MA, and daughter Angelique (LePichon) and her husband Nathan Duso of Malone; her eight grandchildren Julia and Miles Everett, Matthew and Caleb Stewart, Dylan Duso, Angelina Boyle, Jezibelle and Raven Conway; her sister Joan Schaefer of Saranac Lake and brothers Michael Shene and his wife Laura of Englewood, FL, and Steven Shene and his wife Debbie of Palm Bay, FL; her sister-in-laws Paula Shene of Southampton, NY, and Laura Gregg of Pelzer, SC; and her many nieces, nephews, and extended family and dear friends.

Virginia was predeceased by her daughter Dana (LePichon) Conway in 2017, sister Ruth “Tootie” Harrigan in 2011, and brothers Jerry and Paul Jr. Shene in 2017; her brothers-in-law Ronald Harrigan in 1992 and George Schaefer in 2018; and her former spouse, Willam Everett Jr. in 2015.

Virginia was a beautiful soul with a vivacious personality who touched many lives. She was an animal and nature lover at heart, but she was also an avid reader, a curious family researcher, moved by music (especially that of her brother Steven), a camping enthusiast, a hostess of lively gatherings (Erin go Bragh, Ginny goes hurrah), and a teller of family stories and jokes (many followed her Facebook updates of snowplow passings). Family was the value that reigned above all else.

Funeral Arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. There will be no calling hours. A cremation will follow and her remains will be buried this fall next to her parents, brothers, and daughter at Brookside Cemetery in Bloomingdale. Family and friends wishing to remember Virginia “Ginny” Elaine Whitelaw may make memorial contributions to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at
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    Brookside Cemetery
    Route 3
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    Interment will be in Brookside Cemetery at a later date convenient for the family


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Diane Mehrman

Posted at 05:47pm
Ginny was a blessing to many of us at the high school. Our requested work was always done promptly and many times, she delivered it directly to our rooms. No matter what I asked of her, she would deliver exactly what I wanted and how I wanted it . We had many laughs and no matter how stressed we all were, we could count on Ginny to break the tension with one of her famous "one-liners." Ginny, you were a gem and I'm sure you're up there in heaven, getting the place in order and connecting with those who have gone before you. I wish you eternal peace my friend. Hugs, Diane Mehrman

Preston Burl

Posted at 11:12am
Whitey we are sorry to her of Ginny's passing. We will be praying for you and your family. God bless my friend.

Cherri Thompson

Posted at 03:10pm
Ginny, or Ginia as we always called her, was like a cousin to me. She was the beautiful one with golden curls and a friendly smile. We mourned when the Shenes moved away from Bloomingdale. Our parents had been the best of friends and Ginia was always kind to this little "cousin".

In 2014 and 2019, Ginny and I were able to see each other again. She took me on a driving tour of all the changes in the Bloomingdale area and we revisited many memories. I'm so grateful to have had that time to spend with her.

With love to all,

Cherri Greenier Thompson

Laura Gregg ( Shene)

Posted at 08:43pm
With love and hugs,
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