Ruth Virginia “Ginny” Harfield Goodman

by | Oct 31, 2014 | Obituaries

Norfolk — Ruth Virginia “Ginny” Harfield Goodman died on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Ginny was born in Norfolk in 1926, the daughter of Rose Salsbury Harfield and Eugene Eliot Harfield, and graduated from Maury High School in 1944 and Syracuse University in 1948. She was a substitute teacher in Norfolk public schools for many years and a volunteer at the Chrysler Museum and the Beth Sholom Home.

Ginny was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Leonard “Lenny” Goodman to whom she was married for 60 years; her brother, Alfred Harfield; her sisters Justine Harfield and Matilda Saunders; her brother- in-law, Louis M. Saunders; her nephew, Harvey Ronald Saunders; and her grandson, Joshua Keith Goodman. She is survived by her sons, Judge Allan (Susy) Goodman, Lloyd (Helene Rosenberg) Goodman, and Sanford (Kathy Bradley) Goodman, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many devoted friends.

Her love of life, energy, enthusiasm, independence and happy disposition were an inspiration to all.

The funeral was held at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Contributions to Beth Sholom Home, 6401 Auburn Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Online condolences may be offered at