Newark–Virginia Rose Engleson Schmidt, died Friday (December 24. 2010) New Hanover County Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC, after a brief illness. Virginia was a life-long resident of Newark, New York until her move to Wilmington eight years ago to live near her daughter, Nancy, and her two grandchildren. She was predeceased in death by her husband Carl, her parents Rose and Leslie Engleson and her son-in-law Scott Neill.
Virginia was born in Rochester on April 23, 1926. She graduated from Newark High School and was a Syracuse University graduate with a major in business. She worked briefly as a legal and administrative assistant before devoting herself to raising her children. She was involved in so many activities in Newark, some of which include Tuesday Club, Newark Garden Club, Newark-Wayne Community Auxiliary, and many bridge clubs. She was a lifelong member of Park Presbyterian Church and was deeply involved in the church throughout her life. She and Carl loved the antiques business and spent twenty wonderful years as collectors and sellers while participating in many antique shows across the area. The friends they made over those years have stayed in Virginia’s heart and thoughts. Virginia and Carl also traveled widely and loved their cottage on Cape Cod, where many family memories were made.
She leaves three children: Nancy Neill of Wilmington, NC; Judy (Steve) Tignor of Buford, GA; and John (Sharon) Schmidt of Vail, CO and her beloved grandchildren Robyn and Lesley Neill, Zach Miller and Ryan Schmidt.
There will be a funeral at Park Presbyterian Church in Newark on Wednesday (December 29th) at 11:00 AM in the chapel and the family will greet visitors after the service. Burial will be in Newark Cemetery.
Condolences can be sent through the Paul L. Murphy and Sons at
www.murphyandsonsfuneralhome.com or directly to Nancy Neill at 5412 Dunmore Rd. Wilmington, NC 28409. If you would like to remember Virginia, please make a donation to The Park Presbyterian Church, Maple Court, Newark, New York 14513, in her memory.