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Another Player to be Remembered


Virginia M. (Nee) Tezak Papesh (5/22/1928 - 7/27/2013)

Virginia Tezak Papesh, age 85, of Joliet IL, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center with her family by her side. Born May 22,1928 in Joliet, to Anthony and Mary (nee Kramer) Tezak, she was a graduate of Joliet Township High School and attended Joliet Junior College. 

Virginia was a member of the 1948 Racine Belles, one of the original teams of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was depicted in the 1992 movie, "A League Of Their Own." Her uniform is on display at The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. She was an avid Chicago sports fan, especially the Cubs and Bears. She also enjoyed golfing, fishng, and working puzzles. She was a physical education teacher at St.Joseph Grade School for many years.

Virginia leaves behind 4 children, grand-children and great-grand-children and many relatives and friends who will miss her greatly.

The AAGPBL player's Association and former teammates join all of those who knew and loved Virginia in reflection of her loving nature and fond memories of time shared over the years.

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013

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