Chmielewski, Virginia A.

September 04, 2005

On September 1, 2005, VIRGINIA A. CHMIELEWSKI, 49, of Carmel IN. She was born January 25, 1956 in Richmond, VA., the third of five children of Edgar W. and Carrie Mae (Lavender) Barber. Gena graduated from Henrico High School in 1973 and while working full time attended Community College in Richmond. Early in her career she was employed in the advertising field. In 1991 she married her husband, Steven, and moved to Indianapolis in 1992. Known to many of her family and friends as a modern day renaissance woman, she had a zeal for life and great compassion for all people. She was an author, teacher, stress management consultant and artist whose ultimate gift was her ability to help move people to see and act on possibilities which they thought were not possible. During the last two years of her life, her supremely positive attitude, with the help of friends and family helped sustain her through her battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Throughout her life, her positive attitude helped her master anything she set out to do. She opened her stress management consulting business, Angelvisions International, in 1993 and published the first of three books, Angel Visions and Miracles: Seven Sacred Steps to Creating Miracles in Your Life, in 1995. From 1995 until her death she was also a prolific artist producing over 100 pieces of artwork in various mediums and varied subject matter. Gena is survived by her husband, Steven, of Carmel; parents, Edgar W. and Carrie Mae Barber of Richmond, VA; father and mother-in-law, Milton A. and Margaret Chmielewski of Glen Burnie, MD; brothers, David and Gary Barber; sisters, Connie Robbins and Aljean Peterson; brother-in-law, Milton D. Chmielewski; nieces, nephews and a very special friend, Mrs. Eloise Ragan. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday September 6, 2005 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W 86th Street, Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made, in Gena's memory, to ALS Association of Indiana, 8021 Knue Road, Suite 110, Indianapolis, IN., 46250 or St. Vincent Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Road, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN., 46268. Arrangements entrusted to SHIRLEY BROTHERS FISHERS-CASTLETON CHAPEL.

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