Virginia Rowan

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East Lyme - Virginia Rowan, 91, passed away peacefully at her residence at Crescent Point in Niantic, on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in the presence of her family.

She was born Virginia Egan in Berlin, N.H., the daughter of Joseph Egan and Sarah (Cavanaugh) Egan. She had one sibling, her sister Margaret Wells. Virginia married James Rowan, of Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1951.

Virginia worked as a secretary for the State Department in Washington, D.C. during World War II, which gave her the opportunity to travel in Latin America. She and James settled in Waterford, where she worked in the Waterford public school system. She later attained a secretarial position at the Naval Underwater Systems Center in New London from which she retired in 1994. After her retirement, she and James traveled to Ireland and England to become acquainted with family members there and visit historic sites.

Virginia loved to read and write, keeping extensive diaries of her experiences and reflections particularly during World War II. She was a spiritual seeker, reading avidly about self development, and participating in activities promoting personal growth. She enjoyed music and sang in a local choral group.

She is survived by her two children, Steven Rowan, of New York City, and Patricia Cleveland of Arcade, N.Y.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the The Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic. There will be a calling hour from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the service.
Published in The Day on Oct. 6, 2012
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