Former Aquatics Director Virginia ‘Ginny‘ Reister passed away

Ginny Reister, who passed away on Feb. 8, was well known in the Ocean Pines community, having started the Ocean Pines Swim Team and served as Aquatics Director.

The following is reprinted from the Burbage Funeral Home,

Virginia ‘Ginny‘ Reister passed away February 8, 2020 at her home, surrounded by family. Born in Baltimore on November 18, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Birdell Clemens. She is survived by her sons Henry Clay Reister IV, Dr. John Reister (Jean), Joseph Reister (Stacy), eight grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Henry Clay Reister III and her sister Carole Ferguson.

Ginny attended Goucher College in 1955 and received a B.A. in English. She also attended East Tennessee State University in 1987 and received a M.ED. (Exercise Physiology). Ginny had a passion for aquatics from being a Red Cross Water Safety Instruction Trainer to providing aquatic therapy.

Ginny enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling, cooking, swimming and community service. She started the Ocean Pines Nature Center, the Ocean Pines Swim Team, and was the Ocean Pines Aquatics director. She also served on numerous committees.  In 1981 she and her husband were awarded the Ocean Pines Citizens of the Year Award, in 1992 the Aquatic Council Honor Award, and also the Daily Times Unsung Hero Award.

Having lost her husband and sister to cancer and surviving breast cancer herself, Ginny volunteered at Woman Supporting Woman. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Women Supporting Woman, 1320 Belmont Avenue, Suite 402, Salisbury MD. 21804. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Condolences may be shared with the family via: Arrangements are in the care of The Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin Maryland.

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