Betty Jane (Schultz) Virgo

September 12, 1923 - November 28, 2005
Kalamazoo, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Mrs. Virgo passed away Monday evening, November 28, 2005 at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence. She was born September 12, 1923 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of the late Emery and Isabelle (Earle) Schultz. Betty graduated from Western State High School in 1941 and Western Michigan College of Education in 1945, where she was a member of orchestra, woman's tennis team, Sigma Tau Chi (national business fraternity) and Senate Sorority. Later, she was affiliated with Alpha Chi Omega and was a past president of the Kalamazoo Alpha Chi Alumnae Club. During World War II, she did volunteer work for the American Red Cross, Percy Jones Hospital, Fort Custer entertainment groups, Kalamazoo Gas Rationing Board, and helped process paper work each semester for the United States Navy, when it sponsored the V-12 program at WMU. Betty also managed her father's typesetting business for 1½ years following the deaths of both parents. On August 8, 1945 she was united in marriage to Samuel W. Virgo at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, where she was a member since 1946. Mrs. Virgo was employed by First of America for 20 years until her retirement in 1987. Betty enjoyed reading and watching baseball; and she loved traveling with her husband, Sam, to many destinations, including Alaska, Hawaii, and over 30 foreign countries. Surviving are her husband, Sam Virgo; six children, Victoria (Paul) Okuniewski of Kalamazoo, William (Shauna) Virgo of Portage, Catherine Virgo Marshall of Madison, WI, Mark (Rona) Virgo of Lexington Park, MD, Seth (Marcie) Virgo of Kalamazoo, and Thomas Virgo of San Francisco, CA; thirteen grandchildren, Maria, Joanna, Diana, Stephen, Kate, Ellen, Andrew, Theresa, Jennifer, Amanda, Jason, Stephanie, and Kimberly; three great-grandchildren, Melanie, Shane, and Jason; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Virgo of Wilmington, DE, and two nieces, Gracia and Julie. Services for Mrs. Virgo will be at 12:00 noon on Friday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 247 W. Lovell Street, with The Rev. Fr. C. Mark Rutenbar officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5-8 PM on Thursday at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick Street . Private interment will be in Virgo Cemetery, Texas Township. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to Shriners Hospital for Children or a charity of one's choice.