Virginia Lee (Tatsapaugh) Meili

AMENIA — Virginia Lee (Tatsapaugh) Meili, 59, passed away surrounded by her loving family and friends on June 2, 2018, at Sharon Hospital.

Virginia was born on March 19, 1959, in Great Barrington, the daughter of Marion L. Tatsapaugh and the late William R. Tatsapaugh Sr.

Growing up in a closely knit and loving family, Virginia quickly exhibited a natural creativity at a young age, which she continued throughout her life. She graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1977, and later from Western Connecticut State College in 1981, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design. 

After graduation, she was employed at Country Curtains in Lenox, Mass., where she designed the layout of the company’s mail order catalogs. Later, she was employed at The Lakeville Journal in Lakeville.

Virginia went on to create and own her store, Tatsahooves, in Lakeville. Tatsahooves was a highlight for Ginny as it allowed her to create and distribute her works of unique and charming cow-themed merchandise that were entirely her own. She illustrated a cookbook, “On the Nature of Food,” by author Vicki Oppenheimer in 1990 and also completed various freelance work over the years.

Virginia then married dairy farmer Joerg Meili and went on to have their three children together at Destined Wind Farm in Amenia. She embraced the farm life, which allowed her the opportunity to provide her children with a nurturing, free and independent lifestyle. With strong conviction, Virginia also worked tirelessly to provide her children with a home-schooled education.

Although her family became the center of her life, Virginia continued to paint and participate in art exhibits, showcasing her beautiful, whimsical oil portraits of cows and local landscapes. Despite her diagnosis in the last several years, she maintained a positive and energetic life.

Ginny is survived by her husband, Joerg, of 24 years; her son, Samuel; her daughters, Summer and Sarah; her brothers, William Tatsapaugh and Randall Tatsapaugh; her sisters, Gloria Jeanne Tatsapaugh, Bettina Tatsapaugh and Heather Driscoll and her husband, Jeff; her in-laws, the Meili family, Barbara, Carla and her husband, Mike Clark, Craig and father-in-law Hans Joerg; as well as many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Ginny was a loving, devoted wife and mother. She dedicated all of her time and energy to the care and happiness of her children. As a gifted, talented artist her paintings and artwork could be recognized by all. Ginny was a loyal friend and confidant to all who knew her. Although she is no longer with us, her warmth and spirit will live on forever.

The family will receive visitors at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, with a celebration of life at the Canaan United Methodist Church on Friday, June 8, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.