Virginia Lorene Stalter Kreider was born May 19, 1921, in Chenoa, Illinois, daughter of Daniel D. and Alice (Miller) Stalter. She died March 20, 2017, at Greencroft Goshen Health Care.
After receiving teacher training at Goshen College, Virginia taught for one year in a one-room school house in Woodford County, Illinois, before marrying J. Robert Kreider of Wadsworth, Ohio, June 10, 1941.
Virginia joined Robert at the Civilian Public Service Camp 24, Unit 4, in Clear Spring, Maryland, where she worked as dietitian and matron.
After the war, the Kreiders moved to Wadsworth, Ohio, where, as a pastor's wife at Bethel Mennonite Church 1945 to 1956, she joined Robert in visitation, serving on church committees, the Women's Missionary Sewing Circle and hosting visiting speakers and evangelists. In 1965, the family moved to Goshen, where Robert served as college administrator 1956 to 1985.
She and Robert moved into Greencroft in 2008, where she was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, and then four years later by her dear friend, Don Snyder, and her beloved daughter-in-law, Kay (Sutter) Kreider.
Virginia is survived by five sons, J. Evan (Janice Aeschliman), Vancouver, Canada, Paul (the late Kay Sutter), Seattle, Washington, Mark (Amy Hill), New York, New York, Bruce (Charlotte Unruh), North Newton, Kansas, and Frank (Lori Fritter), Jackson, Michigan; by grandchildren, Vivian (Stephen Deal), Aaron (Julia Stone), Kara, Alyssa (William Sunderland), Kristin, Michael, Christopher (Sofaia) and Nicholas; by great-granddaughters, Katelyn and Elizabeth Kreider; and great-grandsons, Yuri and Gareth Sunderland and Nolan Kreider; by two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Burkholder Kreider and Ruth Kreider Heatwole; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Heatwole; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Virginia was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Gladys Reedy, Ferne Yordy and Marjorie Summer, and five brothers, Irvin, Lloyd, Wilbert, Milo and Orval Stalter.
Private internment will take place at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Visitation is set for Friday, March 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in The Gathering Room of Evergreen Place, 1300 Greencroft Drive, Goshen.
A memorial service will take place in the fellowship hall of College Mennonite Church, Goshen, at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Mennonite Mission Network, Goshen College or a charity of the donor's choice.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 21, 2017