Virginia P. ”Ginny” DiStefano Phipps of Landenberg

Virginia P. ”Ginny” DiStefano Phipps, 78, of Landenberg died unexpectedly Friday May 8 at the Christiana Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Robert E. Phipps Sr. who died in 2003 and with whom she shared 54 years of marriage.

Born in Downingtown, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Josephine DiStefano.

Virginia worked in the Polymer Products Department at Chestnut Run, DuPont Company retiring in 1990 after 30 years of service.   

She was a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church in Avondale where she volunteered as a church keeper, former member of Avondale Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, member of Kennett Area Senior Center, the “Breakfast club,” the “ERO” and the “Lunchbunch.”

One of her greatest enjoyments was cooking, especially Sunday dinners for her family and friends,   

Survivors include, one son Robert E. Phipps and his wife Deborah of Newark Del., one daughter Linda M. Blevins and her husband Cliff of Landenberg, one sister, Gloria Keiper of Bear Del., four grandchildren, Lisa P. Ueltzhoffer of Newark Del. Jennifer L. Wallace of Bear Del., Jamie D. Blevins of Earlville Md., Jessica P. Weller of Newark Del., and five great grandchildren, Casey, Austin, Johnny, Emma, and Victoria.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one brother, Steve DiStefano, and two sisters, Lorraine Savage, and Alba DiStefano.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday May 12 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church 8910 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale. Family and friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. before the service at the church.  Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery.  Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother P. O. Box 709 Avondale, PA 19311.  Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square. To send an online condolence, please visit

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