If ever there was a person dedicated to The Madison Press, it was Virginia Minnick. The long-time employee of this newspaper passed away over the weekend following a brief illness.
Minnick, 81, of London, began her career with The Press in 1971. She worked in various circulation roles, including being in charge of the mailroom when the newspaper was printed on site as part of a larger commercial printing business.
Former publisher Don Hartley, who retired in 2004, remembered Minnick as “a great lady and a great employee.”
Back when various mailings and inserts were done by hand, Minnick was in charge of staffing the crews and ensuring each delivery route had the correct number of newspapers sorted.
“Time of day didn’t mean a thing to her. She would come in early or come in late,” Hartley said. “I don’t know if she ever was off sick. You could always count on Virginia.”
It was at that time current circulation manager Sandra Oiler first met Minnick. Oiler worked in the mailroom during the summers in high school.
“I’ve known Virginia since I was a little girl in pig tails and saddle shoes, and that’s how she always described me,” Oiler said.
Most recently, since the newspaper stopped being printed on-site, Minnick was employed as the delivery coordinator. She would arrive at the warehouse at 2 a.m. every morning, sorting and separating the newspapers into routes for the delivery drivers.
From the moment she arrived in the early, early hours of the day, Minnick was “all systems go,” recalled former Press editor Fran Odyniec.
“I never ever saw her tired from or exhausted by her work in circulation,” he said.
Oftentimes, when Odyniec would also be working into those early hours of the day, Minnick would slap down with a professional’s touch a fresh copy of The Press that had just arrived from Xenia.
“Her energy gave me some needed energy or pick-me-up in those early, but long hours,” Odyniec said.
These days, Minnick worked mostly with the newspaper’s delivery drivers, who she “spoiled,” according to Oiler. She would often leave them cookies and other goodies, said driver Brittany Seward, who is recovering at home following a vehicle accident last week.
Driver Heather Mayabb described her as someone “in constant motion and always ready to help.”
“She knew every member of my family and never failed to ask about them,” Mayabb said. “Virginia was a constant comfort during some very trying times for me and my family and will be truly missed.”
Someone will eventually take her position at The Press, but no one can ever fill the void that her absence has created, Oiler said.
“She was not just an employee or coworker,” Oiler said. “She will be forever missed.”
Yes, Virginia. There will never be another like you.
Minnick is survived by her daughter, Karloyn (Joe) Gorman, of London; and son, David (Anne) Minnick of Dublin, in addition to many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The family will host private services at their convenience.
Andrea Chaffin can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.