VIRGINIA G. CROFFOOT PEARL CITY - Virginia G. Croffoot of Pearl City passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Stephenson Nursing Center. Virginia was born Feb. 1, 1914, daughter of E. Nelson and H. Grace (Boyd) Gsell. She graduated from Mt. Carroll High School, and Shimer College with a degree in teaching. She began her teaching career in country schools, serving at Spring Grove and Fairground Schools near Mt. Carroll and Chestnut Park in Savanna. She married Roy R. Croffoot on Aug. 3, 1939, in Mt. Carroll. She accepted a teaching job at Renner School near Loran, and assisted Roy in operating the Loran Grocery Store for two years before Roy entered the Navy during World War II. Virginia and Roy moved to Pearl City in 1946. They had three children, Jill Croffoot of Rockford, Jolene Broege of Freeport and Jack (Connie) Croffoot of Rockford. After raising her family, Virginia returned to teaching, first at Kent School and then in the Pearl City School District. After retiring from the Pearl City School District with 20 years of service, she volunteered for several years at Freeport Memorial Hospital and Jones Farrar Early Learning Center in Freeport. Virginia was also a world traveler, traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Over her lifetime, Virginia gave countless hours to the Pearl City community. She was a 4-H volunteer, GAA leader, and member of Stephenson County Retired Teachers Association and the Order of the Eastern Star. Over the years she gave away hundreds of dozens of baked cookies and bags of homemade noodles. She helped decorate numerous homecoming floats over the years and cut out hundreds of letters for floats. She played an active role in both the Pearl City American Legion Auxiliary and the Pearl City Evening Home Extension. She was a member of both of these organizations for more than 50 years and served as a past president of the auxiliary. Virginia was an avid reader and frequent visitor to the Pearl City Library. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Pearl City and United Methodist Women for more than 60 years. In 2009, Virginia was the recipient of the Pearl City Lions Club Johnny Johnson Community Service award. Survived by her three children; grandchildren, Chris (Stephanie) Broege of South Beloit, Chad (Lisa) Broege and Cali (Dusty) Oberbroeckling of Rockford, Laura (Mike) Lorenzo of Lockport and Dr. Jim Croffoot of Washington, D.C.; and great-grandchildren, Drake, Drew, Bryce and Blake Broege, Brody and Eli Oberbroeckling, and Samantha and Maddux Lorenzo. Predeceased by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Duain Broege; and brother, Ronald Gsell. Service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Pearl City United Methodist Church; friends may gather with the family from noon to time of service. Burial in Highland Cemetery, Pearl City. A memorial fund has been established in her name with funds to be donated to organizations in the Pearl City Community and FHN Hospice. Private condolences and online guestbook may be signed at schwarzfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2012