Virginia Granquist

virginia granquist

August 14, 1927 ~ April 11, 2024

Born in: Leominster, MA
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Virginia T. Granquist, of Hamden, passed away on April 11, 2024. She was born on August 14, 1927 in Leominster, MA to the late Mr. and Mrs. G. David Thurston and attended Leominster schools. She graduated from Skidmore College and was a music teacher in the North Haven and North Branford school systems for many years. She was a member of the Dunbar United Church in Hamden, CT. She is predeceased by her husband, T. Howard Granquist, her parents, and her sister, Joan Thurston. She is survived by her cousin, Paula Russell Brown (Gordon C.) of Weare, NH. She also is survived by her dear friends Kim Mitchell, Lois Lewis, Laura Burich, Eric Emanuelson, and her wonderful caregiver, Harriet Frimpong.

Service of interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster, MA on April 25, 2024. Arrangements in care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Dunbar United Church in Hamden, CT and Connecticut Hospice of Branford, CT. To send condolences, please see obituary at


Graveside Service: April 25, 2024 12:00 pm

Evergreen Cemetery
257 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453

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  1. My Aunt Ginny was the best. When I was very little she would fly into the Duluth airport to visit with my Uncle Howard and she always had such beauty and class. She loved her iced coffee and cucumbers in vinegar. She had an amazing Polaroid camera and knit amazing items, including sweaters and headbands for my children.

    When I was I was in high school she took me to the quad at Yale over the Christmas holidays. I loved her cocker spaniels and got to meet Cindy #2.
    She hosted my son, Byers in her home several times in more recent years when he attended Deerfield Academy. She was a safety net for him when he was so far away from home.
    I loved their sun room, the antiques, the swuirrrjd, cardinals, and her holly plants that framed that outside window.
    She never forgot my birthday and I loved her oil painting she painted of the silverware that hung in her bedroom.
    She was the best and I will so miss hearing her voice.

  2. Ginnie was a kind and wonderful woman who our family all loved and enjoyed. My dad, Ken Granquist, was cousin to her husband Howard, and while my parents were living in Connecticut in the 1950s, they spent a great deal of time with Ginnie and Howard. Our family always visited them on our trips to the east, and very much enjoyed staying with them. When I and my wife lived in New Haven for three years in the early 1980s, Ginnie’s house was a home-away-from-home for us. In later years, Ginnie and my mother Carolynn had many long phone conversations, and I know that my mom, as well as all the rest of us, will miss Ginnie very much.

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