Memorials: Remembering Someone Special

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is honored to accept donations in memory of a cherished family member or friend. In many cases, the deceased or his/her family have established a fund to specifically support a particular work or organization that was particularly meaningful to the deceased. Below is a selection of the most recently established memorial funds that you may choose, or you may search for another fund or interest area by using the search tool.

You can make any donation in memory or honor of someone by noting such in the Comments section of the donation form for any fund you choose. If you’d like us to acknowledge your donation to someone other than the fundholder, please provide the contact information for the recipient in the comment box as well.

Dennis Ackerman

Dennis Ackerman

Dennis Ackerman was born on March 30, 1946 in Baltimore and died on March 21, 2021 in St. Augustine Beach of metastatic esophageal cancer surrounded by his loving family.

Dennis had a multi-decade research career in the Pharmaceutical industry. He received degrees from the University of Maryland (B.S.) and University of Florida College of Medicine (Ph.D.), and had a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University. Along the way, he made many friends, especially his loving companion and wife Ginger (Virginia) of 42 years. He maintained an active lifestyle with daily trips to the gym and thoroughly enjoyed his favorite sports teams starting with the Baltimore Colts in the late 1950’s and the University of Maryland and University of Florida basketball and football teams. Those left to cherish his memories are his devoted brother Dr. Neil Ackerman and a multitude of compassionate and loving family and friends.

Contributions to the Virginia ‘Ginger’ Ackerman Scholarship Fund will benefit college students in St. Johns County.

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Joan Amery Van Vleck 

Joan Van Vleck

Joan Amery Van Vleck passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Joan was a founding member and a past president of the Women’s Giving Alliance, an initiative of The Community Foundation. She was very committed to issues concerning women and girls, and was instrumental and supportive in the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. Joan was a master gardener and has been very involved in Bird Island and Memorial Park in Riverside. The family gratefully suggests donations to the Women's Endowment Fund or the Memorial Park Association Endowment, both of which can be accessed below on the Donation Form.

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Virginia "Ginger" Osborne Ackerman

Ginger Ackerman

Virginia "Ginger" Osborne Ackerman died October 31, 2020 in Gainesville, FL of complications from pancreatic cancer surgery surrounded by her loving family and friends.  She was raised on the family farm in Mouth of Wilson, VA and quickly learned the importance of hard work and team work.  She was the first graduating female Biochemistry Major at Virginia Tech and led a successful career in the Pharmacuetical industry.  She and her husband, Dennis lived in St. Augustine Beach, FL where she continued pursuing her life-long interests in gardening, exercise, tai chi and enjoying nature.  Donations in Gingers' honor will be used to improve the quality of life in St. John's County, FL.

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Janet G. Owens

Janet Owens

The Janet G. Owens Neighborhood Engagement and Community Development Memorial Fund was established by her husband, Gregory, to continue Janet’s lifelong passion for improving her community.  Janet was masterful at engaging people in everything she did, from her earliest days to her most recent leadership of LISC Jacksonville. She could get people talking about things that were in their heads and on their hearts, and she did it in a way that was appreciative and respectful.  She understood the importance of having communities at the table, as part of the process, and not just have things done to them. As a community development professional, Janet was skilled at bringing all the pieces together on a project; as Gregory says, ‘she just kept juggling until it all worked.’

“This is my way of honoring her, and in this way, I and my family can continue to keep her engagement and community development work alive.”  

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For all other funds, search by key word or fund name in the box, and select a Fund from the results. If you can't locate a fund or need assistance, call our office at (904) 356-4483.

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