March 30, 2016

Virginia (Schwartz) Schlager, 95, of Sugar Hill, GA, formerly of Canton, died March 9, 2016.

Virginia was born September 19, 1920 near Oakland, IL, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Ashmore) Schwartz.

She earned a BS from Eastern Illinois University in 1942 and an MS from Northwestern University in 1945. She taught high school before becoming a biology instructor at Culver-Stockton in 1948.

In Canton, she met Glenn Schlager and they were married on July 2, 1950. They built a home on W. White and had two sons. In Canton, Virginia was primarily a homemaker but also involved with activities at Culver-Stockton, with PEO, with the Methodist church, and with Cub Scouts. In 1965, the family moved to Quincy. From 1967 through 1982, she had a second teaching career in 4th grade at Payson, Ill. Her early retirement was spent caring for Glenn until his death.

She loved spending time with grandchildren and sewing for them. She and Glenn enjoyed travel and covered much of North America by car. As a widow, she made several overseas trips to Europe, Australia, North Africa, and the Philippines. In 2007 she moved to her son’s in Georgia and later to an assisted living.

Virginia is survived by two sons: Lynn (Susan) Schlager and Reid (Jiji) Schlager and six grandchildren: Anna (Abe) Leach, Sarah, William (Erin), Emily, Eric and Jacob Schlager.

In addition to Glenn, Virginia is preceded in death by her parents and brother.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Vermont Street United Methodist Church in Quincy with visitation immediately preceding from 9 to 11 a.m at the church

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Culver-Stockton, Vermont Street UMC, or the Alzheimer’s Association.