IN MEMORIAM: Virginia Klopp Campbell

by Jane Ahrens
Obit Virginia Klopp Campbell

Virginia Klopp Campbell, daughter of Else Schoellkopf Schmidt Klopp and Benjamin Klopp of Derby, NY passed away on May 12, 2016 in Vero Beach FL after battling complications from kidney failure.

Gina grew up in Derby, New York graduating from Jerusalem Corners Union School and The Buffalo Seminary before attending Elmira College. In 1952 Gina married Hazard K. Campbell at Westminster Presbyterian Church and soon began to raise their three children.

Gina served on the Board of Directors of the Garret Club. She was actively involved with the Josephine Goodyear Foundation, The Members Gallery Committee at the Albright Knox Art Gallery and The Women’s and Men’s Board of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Gina started her career with the Buffalo Evening News where she wrote a column for the society page. Following her passion for design she founded Chez Hazard Interiors. Over the years, she donated designer rooms for the Decorator Show House sponsored by the Junior League of Buffalo. She made wonderful friends through her many years of decorating.

Outside of Buffalo, Gina thoroughly enjoyed Fishers Island where she and Hazard summered for 46 years. In the late nineties they moved to Vero Beach where they have resided for the past 18 years. Gina also supported many worthy causes in Vero Beach. Gina was a lifelong athlete and sports women. Throughout her life she enjoyed tennis, golf and skiing. She was also an accomplished fisherman and hunter. She and Hazard traveled the world pursuing these various activities. Gina was a member of the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, CragBurn Golf Club, Fishers Island Club and John’s Island Club.

Gina is survived by Hazard Knox Campbell, husband of 64 years; three children, Melissa Campbell England, Hazard Knox Campbell Jr., Benjamin Klopp Campbell; grandchildren, Joseph Hazard Campbell II, Benjamin Webb Campbell, Payton Hazard Campbell, Kathryn Knox Campbell; nephew Stephen Coert Voorhees, niece Else Klopp Voorhees; in-laws, Sanford Heber England, Karyn Webb Campbell; step-grandchildren Andrew Groves Castle, Charles Bancroft Castle and countless dear friends she made throughout her lifetime. She will be dearly missed by us all.

Services will be held Friday, June 10th 2016 3:00PM at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Avenue. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Jacobs Institute for Stroke Research, Buffalo, New York.

Published in the Buffalo News on May 22, 2016

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