Stadtler, Virginia R.
Virginia Rose Stadtler nee Borchardt, 97, of Caledonia, previously of Greenfield, WI passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Franklin, WI, from the complications of pneumonia. Virginia was born on August 25, 1914, in Franklin, WI. She was the daughter of Arthur and Sadie Borchardt. Virginia married Elmer Stadtler in 1935 and was preceded in death by husband Elmer 1997, daughter Wendy 1946 and daughter Candace 1998. She was a loving wife and mother. Also preceded in death by brother Franklin, sister-in-law Esther and friend Frieda Buddins.
Virginia graduated from the State Teachers’ College of Wisconsin and taught at Otjen School and Manitoba School before retuning to Greenfield, where she taught first grade at Edgewood School for over 43 years. She retired from Greenfield in 1989 at the age of 75. She was a worthy recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award and the Older Worker of Wisconsin Certificate. She was a member of the Eastern Star, bowled until she was 75, and was known in the Greenfield schools as the “ornament lady” for her beautifully hand-crafted Christmas ornaments. Virginia loved animals, especially her dogs Alfie and Duffy, and her cat Moopsie. Her passion was gardening, and the stunning array of blooms in her flower beds were a testament to her dedicated planning and persistent weeding. Virginia also appreciated and loved to watch the many bird species that came to her home-especially the orioles that remained all summer for her and the hummingbirds.
Virginia was a caring and philanthropic lady. She endowed the Greenfield Education Association to provide a memorial scholarship in honor of her daughter, Candace. She generously donated money for a sound system, playground pavement and pew cushions to Our Father’s Lutheran Church. The Masonic Consistory of Milwaukee also benefitted from her generosity in supporting its reading program, and she was recognized for her efforts with the Children’s Dislexic Center. The gift of reading was near and dear to her heart.
Virginia is further survived by Lidia Juan Correa, ever-loving AFS daughter; niece Barbara Stadtler, dedicated care-giver; and brother John Karen Borchardt. She is further survived by many relatives and friends. Special thanks to the staff at Wheaton-Franciscan Hospital and to caring companion Sharon Szyka.
Memorials to the C.J. Stadtler Memorial Scholarship Program through the Greenfield Education Foundation.
Visitation Monday, December 5, from 10:30 AM until 12:30 PM at the Funeral Home, followed by the Funeral Service at 12:30 PM. Interment Arlington Park Cemetery.
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