Remembering Ginie

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Ginie Cassin was a force of nature: a small, sweet and charming dynamo who was a force to be reckoned with. As she ended her many years of success as Oak Park Village Clerk, I met with Ginie, noted her trademark enthusiasm in milking a cow at one of our early Hemingway festivals and asked if she would join the Board of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. In addition to serving as a great board member and then foundation chairman, she and her husband Bill and their family became good personal friends. Ginie shared her love of antiques with my wife Charlene, who also shared Bill's dry humor regarding the many hours and escapades Ginie and I spent in foundation service. We enjoyed friendship with each other as well as with Hemingway family and many other legendary Oak Park movers and shakers of the era, often meeting around my basement ping pong table. We smiled and laughed and reminisced in each other's company. We now join in honoring the love and legacy she left Oak Park, the Hemingway Foundation, and our lives. Heaven got a bright star but, Ginie, we will miss you dearly.

Scott and Charlene Schwar

Oak Park        

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Stan West  

Posted: October 22nd, 2020 8:20 AM

So sorry to hear Ginie's gone. She and Redd Griffin (who also passed) invited me on the Hemingway Foundation Board a decade ago at the urging of Ade Oneyemi to help diversity the mostly White board. I did as did others who followed thanks in large part to Ginie. I believe she's mentioned in my book, "Suburban Promised Land: The Emerging Black Community in Oak Park, Illinois, 1880-1980" for her work helping diversify our villages. She will be missed.-stan west

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