Virginia G. Hannum

  • Died: November 17, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Virginia G. Hannum, 106 passed away Sunday November 17, 2019 at Saint Anne Home and Retirement Community of Fort Wayne, IN. She was born December 16, 1912 in Chicago, Il to the late Lauren and Theresa Griffith.

Virginia was raised in Fort Wayne. Upon graduation from St. Augustine's Academy with honors, she was awarded a four-year scholarship to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Upon graduation she entered the teaching profession at Marywood High School in Evanston, Il. She would return to Fort Wayne to Huntertown High School and Elmhurst Hight School. She began her study in Speech and English at Northwestern University while still at Elmhurst. She left before completion to enter the American Red Cross (ARC) in 1943.

Virginia proudly served in the Red Cross as a club supervisor, first with the 8th Air Force in England then moving to the mainland of Europe with other units of the Army Air Corps. When the clubs and canteens were closed in 1948, Virginia continued to serve with the Red Cross operations at VA hospitals in Michigan and Texas.

At the beginning of the hostilities in Korea, Virginia was tasked by the ARC to establish a network of Red Cross clubs and canteens for UN troops in Korea. She was very successful in achieving that assignment and as a bonus, she met the love of her life who would soon become her husband, Lt Col Calvin Hannum. Virginia remained active with the Red Cross until age 100.

As an army wife, Virginia traveled to Fort Knox, Norfolk and Washington, DC. During Cal's service they also lived in France, Germany and Turkey. While living abroad, Virginia continued her volunteer work and also took advantage of the opportunity to travel.

When Cal retired from the army, they continued living in the Washington, DC, area. Virginia not only volunteered, she returned to teaching school at St. Michael's Catholic School in Annandale, VA. She was very effective in instilling a love of speech and debate into many 7th graders.

During this time Virginia also served as a lector at St. Michael's and as the trainer for other lectors. While still teaching at St. Michaels, Virginia began masters studies in spirituality. She was awarded a Master of Arts and Spirituality from Notre Dame Institute in Arlington, Virginia, at the age of 83.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother, Ginny was a living example of her faith. Considering no one a stranger, she embraced all she met with her warmth and kindness. We who have been privileged to know her will miss her infectious smile, her hearty laugh and the kindness she wrapped around us when we were with her. A truly Valiant Woman, she will be greatly missed.

Virginia returned to Fort Wayne in 1998. She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with Cal, who passed away in 1977.

Virginia is survived by her son David (Susan) Hannum of Kokomo, IN and daughter Marie Hannum of Sarasota, FL, brother James B. Griffith of Fort Wayne, IN; 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was preceded by her husband Col. Calvin S Hannum, son Robert V. Hannum, brothers, F. Donald Griffith, Lawrence C. Griffith, Robert N. Griffith, Thomas C. Griffith, John O'Neil Griffith and a sister, Sister Mary Richard Griffith.

Mass of Resurrection will be 10:00 AM November 25, 2019 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 1122 S. Clinton Street Fort Wayne, IN with calling one hour prior. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross Allen County Fort Wayne Chapter, or St. Mary of-the-Woods College Terre Haute, IN. To sign the online guestbook go to


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mrs. Hannum - a valiant woman - remember her well from 7 th grade at St. Michaels. Had the pleasure of seeing her again at a reception at St. Michaels when she was 100. May you Rest In Peace. Thank you for your service and kindness.

Posted by JoAnn Medved - Falls Church, VA - student   December 02, 2019

Amazing woman...was so lucky to have her as a mentor in St Michael's (Annandale, Va) speech contest. Praying for her and all of your family..xoxo

Posted by Franny Williams Rock - McLEan, VA - student   December 02, 2019

What a remarkable woman!

Posted by Margaret Hobson - Spencerville, IN   November 22, 2019

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