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Virginia M. "Ginny" Mitstifer
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    309 Waverley Oaks Rd.
    Waltham, MA 02452

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“My heart goes out to Kathleen, Kevin, and Tom. Ginny was a sweetheart and will be remembered forever. ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Lucille Canzano - Palm coast, FL

“What a wonderful woman......may she rest in peace. Respectfully, Sheila Tighe ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“I'm so sorry that Ginny has passed away but her struggles with Alzheimer's disease is done . I have many fond memory's growing up and having such a...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Betsy Miller - Hartford, ME

“We are remembering what a great time Ginny and Tom, Patty and Joe, Clyde and Deanna, Betty and Larry, and Jim and I had on our Alaskan cruise...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Faye Kreger

“Tom, so sorry for your loss, may Ginny rest in peace. Tom Keating ”
5 of 23 | Posted by: Tom Keating - Nashua, NH - Friend

“Toms Ginny, my sister-in- law, was so full of quiet wisdom, had a great sense of humor, a great mother to her tiger, and loved Tom so much! Ginny is...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Judy Mitstifer - Liberty, PA

“As a younger cousin, it was always a great treat when Tom and Ginny were coming to visit. I always enjoyed her awesome laugh, and her love for life....Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Donna Bushong - Columbia, PA

“Aunt Ginny was a sweet loving person. She will be missed.Paul M. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Paul Maffe - Salem, NH - Family

“Ginny was my sister-in-law. Loved her smile, accent and love for learning! She was a devoted wife to Tom helping him with his MS. She was also a...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Gail KIbler - Bensalem, PA

“As a parent and friend Mo and I were grateful that our children had Ginny for their teacher. My sympathy to her family. ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: Jane Donovan - Newburyport, MA

“Mrs. Mitstifer was one of the most wonderful teachers I have ever had. As a child who struggled in school, her caring and loving nature helped me...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Pamela Costello - Winter Garden, FL

“Deepest condolences to Ginny's family. Ginny was such a lovely lady loved by all who knew her. Rest in peace sweet Ginny. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Diane Constantino - Pompano Beach, FL

“I was fortunate to be a colleague of Ginny's for more than thirty years at Lincoln School in Melrose. One of my own children was in Ginny's third...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Rita Goodwin - Melrose, MA

“I will miss aunt ginny ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: jerry kelley jr - nashua, NH

“Whenever we visited our grandmother in Melrose, Ginny was there with her bright smile, and quick wit. She seemed driven to make all around her happy...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Steven Kelley - Carlsbad, CA

“Sorry for your loss ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Art & Cheryl Marshall - Hudson, NH

“Rest In Peace Ginny, you are a gentle soul. Kathleen will miss you dearly.We went through grade school & high school together. You were a true friend. ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Sheila A. Brennan - Hampton, NH

“So sorry to hear of Ginny's passing we were great friends growing up she was a gentle and loving person ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Charleen Fshey - Chester, NH

“You were such a wonderful teacher both my children had you.May you Rest In Peace ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Diane Costello - Winter Garden, FL

“My condolences to the Mitstifer family.Mrs. Mitstifer was my 3rd grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School back in 1979.I have never forgotten what...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: John Sheridan Copenhagen, Denmark

“As I shared in an email with Kevin:When I knew her, she was a bright light. She was always so full of energy, she could talk and talk and always a...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Sarah Skowron - Southbridge, MA

“Ginny was a supportive colleague and friend during my tenure as Lincoln School Principal . 1993-2000. I am sorry to hear of her passing, and I offer...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Alexander Popp - Winchester, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Virginia M. "Ginny" (Kelley) Mitstifer, of Melrose, died at the Courtyard Nursing Care Center in Medford on August 20, 2019 at the age of 74. Ginny was born & raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1963. She went on to earn her degree from Salem State University in 1967 and her Master's degree from Lesley College. Ginny resided in Melrose for most of her life, was a third grade School Teacher at the Lincoln School in Melrose for over 35 years before her retirement and loved having family & friends over for the holidays. She enjoyed baking her famous lemon meringue pie, walking, going out to dinner with her friends & spending time with her husband's Tom's family in Liberty, PA. "It is rare to find a person who not only accepts you for what you are but makes you feel good about yourself" This is truly Ginny! She was the ultimate loyal friend, a true professional with a heart of gold, always there to lend a helping hand to all in need. Ginny was the beloved wife of Tom W. Mitstifer for 50 years. Loving mother of Kevin Mitstifer of Hudson, NH. Caring sister of Kathleen Constantino of Wakefield, Kevin Kelley of Groveland (formerly of Melrose) and the late Thomas Kelley, Patricia Maffe, Gerald Kelley, Lawrence Kelley, Charles Kelley and Eileen Kelly. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 9-11AM, followed by a Funeral Service in the funeral home at 11AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc., 309 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.