Virginia Bastian Copp

December 28, 1926 - February 27, 2019

Virginia “Ginny” Bastian Copp, 92, of Batavia, formerly of St. Louis, MO., passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 surrounded by her family at the Holmstad in Batavia, IL.  Ginny was born on December 28, 1926 in East St. Louis, IL., the daughter of Leopold L. and Clara J. (nee Wuelling) Bastian.

She is survived by her four children, Candyce (Tom) Grisham, Ralph (Sharon) Copp, John Copp, Claire (Chris) Smith; six grandchildren, Justin (Dixie) Grisham, Eric Grisham, Jenifer (Brian) Richards, Andrew Copp, Casey (Rachael) Smith, and Lauren Smith; and two great grandchildren, Sophia and Savannah Richards. She is survived by her sister Elizabeth Bastian Cummins and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Leo Bastian and a sister Norma Glaenzer.

Ginny was a Registered Nurse graduating from Washington University School of Nursing in 1947.

She received a BA- Ed from Webster University, St. Louis, MO in 1979.  She worked most of her career as a school nurse with Clayton and Special School Districts in St. Louis and received the Missouri School Nurse of the Year Award in 1991.  She spent most of her life in the St. Louis, MO area, moving to Batavia in 2005 to be close to her youngest daughter and her family.  She continued to live independently until into her 90’s. 

Ginny loved gardening and took joy in the garden at The Holmstad.  She loved to travel. She was strong in her faith, ideology and love for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was known for her thin crust pizza and chocolate chip cookies. 

A memorial service was held at Park Manor, Holmstad, Batavia, IL on March 10th at 2PM to celebrate her life with neighbors and friends. 

A memorial service will be held at Smithton Senior Center, 711 South Main Street, Smithton, IL on Saturday, April 27th at 12 PM noon with lunch immediately following. 

A graveside service and interment will be held at St. Clair Memorial Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Holmstad Benevolent Care Fund 700 W.  Fabyan Pkwy. Batavia, IL 60510 or

Guest Book

  • RH Our condolence to the Family. May your hearts soon be filled precious memories of a life well lived. Psalm 90:10; John 5:28
  • Michael Dear Copp family. I am so sorry to have read of the death of Virginia. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4. (Please read) May God give you and your family comfort in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they are resurrected. With deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.
  • candy grisham Miss and love you momma