Virginia Goodsell, 83, lived in South Kent

Virginia (Fanning) Goodsell, 83, of South Kent, died July 14, 2009.

Mrs. Goodsell was born Feb. 16, 1926, in Greenwich, to George Washington Fanning and Cornelia (Ingersoll) Cable. Her mother died shortly after giving birth. Ginny was raised by her father and stepmother, Lillian Darling.

She grew up on Conyer's Farm in Greenwich, where her father worked. Upon graduation from Greenwich High School in 1944, she obtained her civil aviation license and joined the Civil Air Patrol.

After the war, she married and moved to Stamford. She later divorced and moved her three children to Kent, where she met and married Frank Beckly Goodsell. He had two children from a previous marriage and Ginny and Frank had daughter in 1966.

Mrs. Goodsell kept the family active in the Grange, Girl and Boy Scouts, the PTA, the First Congregational Church of Kent, sports and the theater.

In addition to being a homemaker, she worked at the Bull's Bridge Inn and for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier in South Kent, Gaylordsville, New Preston and Washington Depot.

In her retirement, she was the promoter of Frank's woodworking, helping him at the Kent Harvest Fair, the Firemen's Fair and farmers' market.

For nearly 50 years, she was a member of the First Congregational Church of Kent where, over the years, she served on various committees, taught and ran the Sunday school, and worked in the Thrift Shop, among other duties.

Mrs. Goodsell was a FISH dispatcher and driver and volunteer at the Kent Library.

She is survived by a brother, Ethan Deeds Sr., of Torrington; six children, Michelle Howe of Irvine, Calif., Scott Goodsell, of New Milford, Edward Montanaro of Kenosha, Wis., James Montanaro of Austin, Texas, Jacqueline Pflieger of Danbury and Marjorie (Goodsell) Clark of Hamden; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grand children.

For more information about the memorial service, contact the First Congregational Church of Kent.

Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church of Kent, 97 North Main St., P.O. Box 306, Kent CT 06757.