Virginia Eaglesfield Strayer

Virginia Eaglesfield Strayer, 106, died on April 12, 2022, in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. On January 31, 1916, Virginia was born to Frederick R. Eaglesfield and Kathryn Winter in Mishawaka, Indiana.
A 1934 graduate of Niles High School, Virginia continued her education at the University of Michigan where she received a BA degree in 1938. While there, she joined Delta Gamma sorority where she met many lifelong friends. She waited an additional three years, until September 13, 1941, to wed John W. Strayer, M.D. who was completing medical school and an internship at U of M. Three months later came Pearl Harbor and a war that separated them for a time while John served as a flight surgeon and as a Captain in the (then) Army Air Corps. They were able to be together for part of the war and counted eleven different locations in the states where they were stationed.
Virginia was active in the community as a lifelong and active member of Trinity Episcopal Church; co-founder of Meals on Wheels of Niles-Buchanan; a Girl Scout leader; member of Niles Garden Club, Seepewa Reading Club, Niles Service League, Orchard Hills Country Club and Signal Point Club where she was club champion. “Ginny,” as she was known to her friends, enjoyed a good game of bridge, gin rummy or cribbage with John, and needlepointing, music and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; son, John W. Strayer III; son-in-law Jerry Rossow, as well as an infant brother and her sister, Elizabeth Eaglesfield Thompson.
Virginia is survived by daughters, Kathryn Rossow of Niles and Anne (Michael) Comer of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren include Peter (Jamie) Rossow, Baroda; Amy (Michael) Williams, Midland; Sarah (Joseph) Young, Rockford; and Jonathan Comer, Howell, granddaughter by marriage, Elizabeth Rossow; as well as great-grandchildren, John, Will and Anna Rossow; Morgan and Caroline Williams; Eliott, Frances and Grace Young; and Caden, Brooklyn and Addilyn Comer.
A funeral service was held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Niles, on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Interment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church at 9 S Fourth Street, Niles, Michigan 49120.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, Niles.