Sister Virginia Anne Fannin, baptized Mary Patricia, was born in Chicago, Illinois, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1948 and was received into the novitiate in 1949. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College in 1957.
Sister Virginia Anne began her 19 years in education, teaching at St. Mary Grade School in St. Louis from 1951 to 1957. She taught elementary education for the next nine years in Hawaii at St. Joseph Grade School in Waipahu (1957-1959), Christ the King in Maui (1959-1960, 1965-1966), St. Anthony in Kailua (1960-1962) and St. Theresa in Honolulu (1962-1965).
The next two years, she taught in Illinois at St. Viator Grade School in Chicago (1966-1967) and at St. Cecilia Grade School in Peoria (1967-1968). The following year, she taught in Mobile, Alabama, at St. Matthew Grade School. From 1969 to 1972, Sister Virginia lived in Kansas City, where she worked at St. Joseph Hospital as a clerical worker for two years and then was a student at Research Medical Hospital. She went on to serve the next six years as a medical records technician at St. Joseph Community Hospital in Hancock, Michigan (1972-1976), and St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City (1976-1978).
Sister Virginia returned to the city of her birth, Chicago, 1978 and was a receptionist at DePaul University from 1978 to 1979. She spent the next 21 years in service at St. Viator Grade School/Parish as religious education instructor (1979-1992), librarian (1970-1998) and parish sacristan (1996-2000).
Throughout her years as a teacher, wherever she taught in the schools, Sister Virginia was also a teacher in the Parish School of Religion.
From 2000 to 2002, she was the librarian at Bridgeport Catholic Academy. The following year, she served as a volunteer librarian/tutor at Bridgeport.
Sister Virginia then went to Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis to serve as a sacristan and later retired there, where she carries out her ministry of prayer and presence.