Virginia (Gotham) Neikrug

  • Born: August 3, 1946
  • Died: September 2, 2019
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

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74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Wife and accomplished Violinist

VIRGINIA (GOTHAM) NEIKRUG, widow of the recently deceased George Neikrug, passed away at her home on September 2, 2019.
Born in Somerset, MA on 8/3/1946, she attended Somerset High School, graduating in 1964 and earned both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Boston University graduating in 1968. Virginia was an accomplished classical concert violinist, tutor, and along with her husband, a master teacher. She was an invited and featured soloist at Tanglewood, and gave concerts abroad as well as in the US.
Ginny was the daughter of the late Stanley T. and Lois (Manchester) Gotham. She is survived by her brother, Gregory Gotham of Fall River, MA and several cousins, Bruce Manchester (Ft Lauderdale, FL); Gladys Manchester (Ottawa, ON); Michael Manchester (Benicia, CA); and Bob Curry (Newtown Square, PA).
Memorial Service(s) are being coordinated between Concord Funeral Home, Concord MA and Hathaway Funeral Home, Fall River MA. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so saddened by Virginia Neikrug's passing. She was only 72! I have not met her personally but we had numerous phone conversations because she was married to my beloved mentor George Neikrug. She had been an angel in George's life. She loved him dearly and respected him immensely. I am eternally grateful to Virginia for her kindness and genuine personal warmth. My prayers and thoughts of gratitude and love.

Posted by Tanya Anisimova - Gaithersburg, MD - Family Friend   August 13, 2020

I had known Ginny since we were both in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra in Boston, when both of us were in high school. She was a lovely woman, and a talented violinist. She made her mark as a teacher of Dounis studies as the wife and colleague of George Neikrug, teaching many students and performing as a soloist. I knew Ginny again in the 70's when both of us were George Neikrug's students. I remember how smitten with George she was, and she became his wife and helpmate, teaching the Dounis principles of violin playing to many lucky students. We were both teachers at the University of Lowell, MA too. So sorry that she has passed, but glad her life meant so much to so many. I owe so much to my study with George and I know how terrible his loss was to her. I wish she could have lived longer. She was too young for us to lose her. Bless her! I offer my condolences to her family. She will be missed.

Posted by Priscilla Hallberg - Albuqeurque, NM - Friend   July 27, 2020

It's with a heavy heart that I receive this news. Like many before and after me, she gave me the gift of music. She taught me more than notes and scales, she taught me to play with emotion. She planted the seed, and that seed grew as I explored other instruments and styles of music. She made music a cornerstone of my life. Only yesterday I cracked open the violin case to show my daughter how to hold it, and run the bow across the strings. I think back on the decade of tutelage that I received and I can picture her smile and the room we'd have the lesson in. I hope I can pass on some of those lessons to my children. I hope I can teach them to love music as you've taught me. Thank you, Virginia. Your memory will live on in the notes that we play, and the songs that we sing. You will be gravely missed and fondly remembered.

Posted by Pin-Bo Tsai - Chelmsford, MA - Student   November 18, 2019

I crying when I found out your phone are not in service and you're gone! I miss you dearly! You are a loving wife, an excellent violin teacher, a caring, kindness friend! I would never forget the way you have care for my two boys and me! Your thoughtfully help two little boys celebrate my birthday are the only birthday I would not forget! Always appreciated your thoughtful and kindness! I treasure your friendship and thinking of you all the time. Resting in peace! I know you are happy to joining Mr. Neikrug in Heaven to celebrate your anniversary in November, Miss you my dear friend! Love you forever!

Posted by Chuen Ing Tsai - Westford, MA - Friend   November 17, 2019

I miss you so much Virginia. You gave me the gift of violin, and I will always keep that skill with me for the rest of my life. Every time I play I will think of you. Rest in peace.

Posted by Wendy Yu - Acton, MA - friend   September 28, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear about Virginia. Like so many others I met her while I was studying with Mr. Neikrug and she was always very supportive and encouraging. Later I enjoyed visiting them together at their home in Concord. My condolences to Virginia's family.

Posted by Bill Rounds - Roslindale, MA - Friend   September 20, 2019


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