HAINES CITY -
Virginia Mathias Stangry passed away on July 5, 2013 from natural causes.
She was a lifelong resident of Polk County, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, and homemaker. She was born on Bullard Avenue in Lake Wales on September 17, 1922, to Arthur and Irma Mathias. As the youngest in the family, she had Kathyrn, and twin brothers Arthur and Albert as her older siblings. She lived in Lake Wales until 1937 when the family moved to Haines City. Her father, A.C. Mathias, worked for Haines City Citrus Growers as their production manager. She graduated from Haines City High School in 1940, and was the valedictorian of her class. Upon graduation, she followed her brothers to attend South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia. There, she met and fell in love with Joe Stangry from Yukon, Pennsylvania. Her studies were limited by the war as Joe and her brothers graduated and joined the armed forces. She came home to work for the Polk Canning Factory. In July, 1942, she and Joe were married at the First Methodist Church of Haines City (now New Horizon) where she has remained a member for 76 years. After the war, they moved to Gainesville where Joe got his degree and played baseball for the Gators. In 1947, they returned to Haines City as Joe was named the coach of the Haines City Hornet baseball and football teams.
She will be remembered by many as the lady who prepared orange juice for the Hornets at half-time. Although her main job was a housewife and mother, in later years she found much joy in working with her daughter, Kathy, at the Trinity Christian Bookstore in Haines City.
Joe went to heaven in 1986 and she is finally beside him and Jesus. She leaves behind a son, Theron (Charlotte) and a daughter, Kathy Quinn (David). In addition, she was blessed with grandchildren Darryl Stangry, Courtney Stangry Harding, Austin and Bronson Quinn, along with great grandchildren Houston and Hayden Harding. After the birth of her first grandchild Darryl, he affectionately named her "Gangi" and that's the name she was lovingly known as by many in the community. Many tears are offered, but more smiles are given to heaven in her memory. She was a great, intelligent lady who loved all and had such a gentle spirit.
A graveside service will be Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, at Gangi's request, she would like any donations to be sent to New Horizon Church, Haines City, or the United Methodist Children's Home. Condolences may be made to www.oakridgefuneraelcare.com