Arlene Bashnett dead and obituary, sister of comedy team ‘Gramma and Ginga,’ passes

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Arlene Cody Bashnett, a lifelong resident of Clarksburg, West Virginia. Arlene, affectionately known around the world as “Ginga,” passed away peacefully on September 28, 2022 at the age of 103.

“Ginga” was born on February 4, 1919, to Maria Teresa (Audia) and Salvatore Buttafusco.

Her parents died before her; her four siblings; her four husbands; and her two grandchildren.

Ginga’s son Allen Cody and wife Jackie survived. her granddaughter, Kelly Jo Cody; and several great-grandchildren.

In 2015, the 95-year-old Ginga caused a global sensation when a video of her sister Geneveive Musci “Gramma” went viral online. She appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and Steve Harvey’s shows and was loved for her hilarious antics.

She enjoys bingo, dancing, eating sweets, and visiting family and friends.

“Ginga” has volunteered for more than 30 years at United Hospital Center and Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, delivering cards and goodwill to sick patients. “Ginga” spread love and laughter all over the world and will live on in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ginga’s name to St. James Catholic Church, 2107 Pride Ave., Clarksburg, WV 26301 or Harrison County Senior Centre, 500 W. Main St., Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Ginga was cremated according to her wishes.

A funeral will be held at the Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date.

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