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Virginia (Ginny), age 88, of Stamford passed away peacefully on January 11, 2013 at Stamford Hospital, surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was born on January 3, 1925 in Troy, New York to Franklin and Edna Wilson. She grew up in Troy and graduated from the Emma Willard School. In 1944 she married Walter W. Schroeder, Jr., her husband of 60 years, while he was studying at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After World War II, the couple settled in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where they lived for 60 years. Following her husband's death in 2004, Ginny moved to Stamford's Edgehill Retirement Community to live closer to her children. Everyone who had the good fortune to know Ginny will remember her grace, style, caring disposition and love of life. Her electric blue eyes and ready laugh infected everyone who met her. Even through the ordeal of complications from a broken hip, she gained the admiration and affection of the medical workers and others who came to her aid. She was a lady right to her last day. Ginny was active in her community, receiving a 40-year volunteer award for her service to the Williamstown's "Women's Exchange," which provided financial and service support to North Adams Memorial Hospital. She was a golfer and a member of Taconic Country Club. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved making holiday gifts and decorations. She also loved cooking; local stores and restaurants in Williamstown sold her hors d'oeuvres; her scrumptious Christmas cookies were regarded as works of art. Virginia is survived by her three children: Walter W. Schroeder III (Chip), of Rowayton, Ct.; Robert A Schroeder of New Haven Ct. and Gail V. Schroeder of Plainville, Ct. and six grandchildren: Walter W. Schroeder IV (Casey), Carson S. Schroeder, Elizabeth A. Schroeder, Stephanie M. Schroeder, Steven T. Schroeder and Joseph J. Annichiarico. Her ashes will be scattered on the beach in Ocean City, New Jersey where she spent many happy summers both as a young girl and later in life with her own mother and four sisters, three of whom (Florence Streichman, Elizabeth Crummy and Jeanette Lehman) predeceased her. Her fourth sister, Edna Magyar, resides in Ft. Myers, Florida. A memorial reception will be held at Edgehill in Stamford on Monday, January 14 at 4:00. The family requests that donations be made in her name to the
Published in StamfordAdvocate on January 15, 2013