Virginia Roseanne Forrer, 77, of Rochester, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 25, 2021, at Springfield Memorial Hospital.
She was born on August 29, 1944, in Wellington, KS, the daughter of Julian and Mildred (Cornelsen) Forrer.
Virginia graduated from Ulysses, KS High School in 1962, and went on to earn her bachelor's degree from University of Kansas, a master's degree from Sangamon Stage University and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She worked for the state of Illinois' Environmental Protection Agency as a community liaison. Virginia was a member of the Native Plant Society and the Springfield Faith Coalition for the Common Good. Virginia was an active member of the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Springfield and will be missed and remembered by her community there.
Virginia was a compassionate and caring soul who often put others' needs before her own. She was also an exceedingly honest person who spoke truth to those in power and advocated for social justice in her community.
She enjoyed growing native plants, was very interested in prairie restoration, social justice and loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Virginia will be greatly missed by her loving family. She is survived by her husband, Stewart Jacobson of Rochester; children, Jonathan Wood and Anna (William) Bolt, both of Springfield; stepchildren, Corinne (Adele) Jacobson of Woodstock, NY, Mia (Paul) Jacobson of Buffalo, NY, and Irene Jacobson of Boston, MA; grandchildren, Kelci, Jonathan, Jordyn, Heaven, Natalia, Jonae and Raelynn Wood, and William Bolt; Step-grandchildren, Corey and Ashely Bolt; several great-grandchildren; siblings, Sonya Noyes of Lakewood, CO and Howard "Samuel" (Karen) Forrer of Cincinnati, OH; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. All were blessed to have known and loved her.
Cremation was provided by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.
A memorial service will be held in the spring at Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Church's Prairie Garden.
In memory of Virginia, please consider donating to: Lincoln Memorial Gardens, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., Springfield, IL, 62712-8908 and Faith Coalition for the Common Good, 2208 E. Kansas St., Springfield, IL, 62703.
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Published by Lincoln Land Cremation Society on Nov. 29, 2021.