On March 10, 2022, Virginia Enriquita Yngojo, devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, auntie and friend passed away at the age of 93 peacefully at home in North Plainfield, NJ. Virginia, known as “Jeannie” by all who loved her, was born on September 30, 1928, in San Francisco, California, to parents Remigio and Mariquita Robles. She was the eldest of 10 children, with 7 brothers and 2 sisters: Alfred, Shirley, Remy, Hansel, Russell, Jim, Ray, Anthony, and Drucilla. There was a 22-year difference between Jeannie and her youngest sibling Drucilla.
Jeannie had fond memories of her childhood and loved growing up in San Francisco. She attended Commerce High School and as a teenager worked as an usherette for the State and St. Francis Movie Theaters in the 1940’s. In her early 20’s she was swept off her feet by Rafael Yngojo Jr. and after a few years of courting they were married on September 9, 1949. They were each other’s life companion, together a total of 75 years, raising 2 children Marcus Raphael and Leslie Adrienne.
Jeannie worked for the Getz Bros., an import/export company, and then transitioned to the Civil Service Employees Insurance Company but after a number of years she chose to devote herself to her children and family full-time. Jeannie was very involved with her children’s schools and extracurricular activities. She served on the PTA, as a Cub Scouts Den Mother and volunteered at many fundraisers and school events. She encouraged them when it came to their participation in sports and hobbies, and Jeannie attended USTA tennis matches, FIL-AM tennis tournaments in Northern, Central and Southern California, school plays, piano and dance recitals. Jeannie was extremely supportive and cheered them through school, interests, careers, and family.
Beginning in 1992 Jeannie found a new type of enjoyment…being a Grandmother, with the birth of her first grandchild Kyle in May and five years later her second grandchild Kyra arrived to her delight. From the day they were born Jeannie loved being Grandma and took great interest in their lives and achievements, and had a very special bond with both of them.
Jeannie loved travel and took great pleasure in sight seeing. Whether it was going for a ride around San Francisco, traveling up the Pacific coast or traveling across the country, Jeannie was always up for the trip. In fact, she had an opportunity to visit Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wyoming, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Mexico, London, and Paris.
Jeannie also had a great affinity for abstract painting, and several of her paintings were exhibited at one of the annual San Francisco Art Fairs. Jeannie reconnected with her passion last summer, thus reclaiming her love for this art form that allowed her to express herself…”just paint what you feel,” she said.
One of Jeannie’s most favorite pastimes which brought her the most joy was spending time with family, especially during the holidays, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas were among her favorites. Birthday celebrations were also a big deal, whether it was going out to dinner or getting together at the house for one of her specialties like tomato beef chow mein. Birthday cake was a must as well as singing “May the Sun Shine on You,” an extra verse added to the standard rendition of Happy Birthday.
Jeannie loved life and the people in it…family, friends, co-workers and just about anyone she encountered. With a gift for gab she was always ready to share her experiences with a humorous story. Jeannie was the most generous, loving and kindest woman to grace this earth.
Jeannie was predeceased by her husband Rafael Yngojo Jr., father Remigio, mother, Mariquita and brothers Alfred, Remy and Russell. She is survived by son Marcus Yngojo, daughter-in-law, Lilia Amores Yngojo, daughter Leslie Yngojo-Bowes, son-in-law Tommy Bowes, grandchildren Kyle and Kyra, sisters Shirley, Drucilla, brothers Hansel, Ray, Jim and Anthony plus many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 12-2pm and funeral 2pm Friday, March 18th, at the Sheenan Funeral Home, 233 Dunellen Ave., Dunellen, NJ 08812.
For those unable to attend, Funeral Services will be available via Zoom, the information is below:
Topic: Sheenan Funeral Home's Zoom Service for Virginia Yngojo Time: Mar 18, 2022 12:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 379 637 6180
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Friends may visit the family on Friday, March 18 from 12:00-2:00pm at the Sheenan Funeral Home. A funeral service will then follow at 2:00pm. Cremation will be held privately.
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