Virdinia Ferdinandsen

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Virdinia "Dena" Ferdinandsen, 87, passed peacefully Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at the Wesley Care Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with family by her side.

Virdinia Alma Ferdinandsen was born November 30, 1925 in Piggott, Ark. to Seby and Ira Allman.

Dena met and married the love of her life, Marvin, in St. Louis, Mo., in 1945. Together they led a busy life raising four children and living in Utah, Wyoming, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Texas. She spent the remaining years of her life near her family in Burnt Hills, N.Y.

During her lifetime Dena spent countless hours volunteering, her labor of love. Organizations that she served include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Welcome Wagon, Veteran's Hospital, First Christian Church Woman's Club, Little League and the PTA in Erie, Penn. Also, she served with the Erie, Penn., Betsy Ross Chapter of Eastern Star for many years.

She was preceded in death by her love, Marvin, her daughter Jill, her parents Seby and Ira Allman, sisters Virginia, and Louise and her brother James.

Dena is survived by her brothers JC (Rose) Allman, Pensacola, Fla; Jewell Allman, St. Louis, Mo.; and Jerry (Anita) Allman, Piggott, Ark. She also leaves behind her children Michael (Kathy) Ferdinandsen, West Sunbury, Penn., Jeanie (Bob) Thomas, Burnt Hills, N.Y., Mark (Cynthia) Ferdinandsen, Haw River, N.C. and her Son-in-Law Bill Martin, Apple Valley, Calif. along with eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Private services for Dena will be held in Houston, Texas, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

In lei of flowers contributions may go to COMMUNITY Hospice, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 12866, or charity of the giver's choice.