Virginia Marie (Rogers) FORRESTEL

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FORRESTEL - Virginia Marie (nee Rogers) Born on September 17, 1926 to Mae and Harold Rogers in Royal Oak, Michigan. She had one older brother, Robert. Virginia was a bright student, matriculating at the University of Michigan in September of 1944. Shortly upon arrival at the Ann Arbor campus she met Richard Forrestel, the man who would be her husband for 64 and a half years. Virginia studied English and Speech and received her BA from Michigan in 1948. They married on December 18, 1948 in Ann Arbor. Those who know Virginia are acutely aware of her love for her family, the focal point of her life. Virginia and Richard moved to Akron and lived at 28 Bloomingdale Avenue and later at 11 Madison Avenue. They had children, lots of children, ten in twelve years with the eleventh coming 9 years later (Steve, Anne, Peter, Meme, Ryan, Andrew, Dood, Gubba, Julie, Bo and Tom). In addition to her familial responsibilities, Virginia followed her dream and tenaciously pursued a Masters Degree in Education which she received in 1970. Virginia loved teaching. She taught with passion and skill for 15 years in Alden, retiring in 1984 only when she learned that she needed extensive heart bypass surgery. Her recovery was long and arduous, but recover she did. Virginia and Richard took their children on a Christmas vacation in 1969 to Grand Cayman and without a doubt, Virginia fell in love with one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Seven Mile Beach. It faces west with a great view of the dazzling red sun setting into the turquoise of the Caribbean, a view Virginia was to enjoy hundreds of times with Richard as they spent more and more time there over the next 44 years. Virginia and Richard visited many other places in their long marriage, but with absolute certainty Grand Cayman, with its soft, white sands, sunny skies and gentle breezes, was in her blood. Much to her great joy, Virginia's brood grew exponentially. What follows is a chronological list of those who survive Virginia, Stephen and Cathy, grandchildren (GC) Ryan; great-grandchildren (GGC) Emma Marie and Anieka, GC Alison and Kabir, GGC Eslyn, GC Beth and Brett, Anne, GC Laura and Gary, GGC Kaia, GC Alex, Eugene Peter and Linda, GC Peter and Holly, GGC Ethan and Gabriella, GC Becky and Jon, Mary and Russ Borden, GC Andy and Rachel, GGC Drew, GC Jeff; Ryan and Kim, GC Daniel and Mari, Amy and Patrick, Andrew and Anne, GC Andrew, John and Patrick, Richard Jr. and Sandy, GC Jack, Olivia and Emmett, Colleen and Scott Ponto, GC Ben, Kailie and Evan, Julia and Peter Beckford, GC Simon and Ursa; Sara and late husband, Craig, GC Will; and finally Thomas and wife Jessica, GC Nathan.Virginia went home to her Maker on the 31,652nd day of her life. But her legacy of caring, helping, supporting and loving her family and friends will be long lasting and not soon forgotten. She quietly supported many charities and causes, and she requested donations in lieu of flowers to Bornhava Early Childhood Development Center (, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (, or St. Teresa of Avila Parish ( Friends and family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, fond memories, and condolences at the J.Leonard. McAndrew Funeral Home,LLC., 32 John Street, Akron on Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial at 1 PM Saturday at Saint Teresa of Avila R. C. Church with Rev. Msgr. Robert Williamson, celebrant. Interment will follow at Saint Teresa Cemetery. Expressions of condolence may be made at:

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Published in the Buffalo News on May 16, 2013
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