Mary Virginia Dooling

DOOLING, Mary Virginia, Aug 19, 1923 – Sep 12, 2011. Strong, compassionate, yet “full of the old nick,” Mary Virginia Hartnett Dooling was born to Jack and Hazel Hartnett in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 19, 1923. During the Great Depression, her family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where she attended St. Cecilia’s School and then later met Navy lieutenant Robert Jeremiah Dooling. They married during World War II, on May 10, 1944, in Corpus Christi, Texas. At that point, “Ginner” set about fulfilling a life-long dream—having a big family. She gave birth to nine children—Robert Joseph, James Michael, Mary Virginia, Richard Patrick, Teresa Anne, Terrence John, Timothy Edward, Kevin Francis, and Colleen Marie. With her mother’s help, she herded and nurtured her boisterous brood while working, engaging in civil rights activities, participating in Holy Family Church, and pursuing another life-long dream—becoming a nurse. She received her L.P.N. degree from UNMC Nursing School, and then, during her “spare” time, she earned her R.N. degree. Ultimately, she became a head nurse at Veteran’s Hospital. Her greatest joy was welcoming, swaddling and cheering on her 15 grandchildren, who nicknamed her “GiGi.” Her other passions included gardening, adopting stray dogs and one especially beloved cat, camping, and above all else, family reunions. Ginner died on September 12, 2011. She is predeceased by her parents, Joseph Jackson Hartnett and Hazel Bradley Hartnett; her ex-husband, Robert J. Dooling; her daughter, Mary Dooling; and her brother, Joseph Jackson Hartnett, Jr. She is survived by her sister, Eleanor Hartnett Hurd; her children and their spouses: Bob (Pat Chocianowski), Jim (Ann Howard), Rick (Kristy Hamsa), Teresa, T.J. (Betsy Iiams), Tim, Kevin and Colleen (Alan Ball), plus her 15 grandchildren. They are grateful for, and in awe of, her energy, love and determination. Her funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at New Cassel Retirement Center, 900 N. 90th Street, Omaha, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the New Cassel Foundation, 900 N. 90 St., 68114, or CUES-Sacred Heart School, 2207 Wirt Street, Omaha, NE, 68110.

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