Alexander Alexander, Virginia Elizabeth On Sunday, January 13, 2013 at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida, Virginia Elizabeth (Wakelam) Alexander passed away peacefully, just a few weeks shy of her 98th birthday. Virginia was born on February 23, 1915 in Fort Wayne Indiana. She was the daughter of Edward and Catherine (Hilker) Wakelam and was the only girl amongst 3 brothers, Charles, James and Edward Wakelam who all preceded her in death. Raised in Indianapolis, Indiana , Virginia descended from a hard working family of Dutch and English immigrants who established a prominent lumber company in central and southern Indiana. Community service was a part of the household growing up, with her father being a State Senator and a close ally of President Harry S. Truman. Virginia graduated from Purdue University in 1938 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. On November 27, 1949 at the Wendelsteinhaus in Bavaria, Germany she married Alexander ?Alec? Alexander, a native of Sevastopol, Russia who was a naturalized American citizen. The newlyweds lived in Germany and travelled extensively throughout Europe and Northern Africa until they returned home in 1952 to settle in Indianapolis. After her husband?s untimely and sudden death in 1958, Virginia moved to the Ft. Lauderdale area where she became active in the real estate industry and for a while, owned a resort hotel property with her brother James. A lifelong patron of the arts, Virginia along with her late cousin Richard Hilker were noted supporters of the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art and the Glackens Collection. She retired to John Knox Village where she became active as a leader in the Resident Senate. Virginia loved life, her extended family & friends, her cat Don Juan and dining out. She never remarried, stating that she could never imagine meeting another man as interesting and loving as her late husband Alec. Virginia Alexander is survived by 5 nieces and 5 nephews along with their children, grandchildren and the many friends she had in South Florida. A memorial service was held on January 21 at John Knox Village and she has been laid to rest beside her beloved husband Alec at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. Memorial donations in Virginia Alexander?s name can be made to the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art Glackens Collection or to the John Knox Village Employee Fund. Virginia was an independent, caring woman who loved her family, friends and life.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Feb. 23, 2013