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Virginia T. Mcculley

July 24, 1917 - April 18, 2008

SHERMAN – To be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23). With prayer in her heart and a hand outreached to God, Virginia Trefz McCulley passed away peacefully on Friday, April 18, 2008, at the age of 90.

Virginia is survived by five children: two sons, Gregory T. (Barbara L.) McCulley of Rochester and Terrence G. (Mary) McCulley of Sherman and three daughters, Mary Kay (Jon K.) Smith, Karen L. McCulley and Kim (John) Ausmus, all of Sherman; six grandchildren, Derrick McCulley of Tampa, Fla., Catrina (Jay) Wagner and Ryan McCulley of Springfield, Adam and Andrea Ausmus and Megan Smith of Sherman; a stepgrandchild, Karen Graden; two great-grandchildren, Xander McCulley of Springfield and one due on June 7 in Tampa, Fla.; three step-great-grandchildren Dane, Xian and Kelton Graden; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Virginia was born July 24, 1917, to John and Mary (Staub) Trefz on their family farm in Paris. She moved to the big city of Springfield when she was only 17 to look for work, but what she found was her life’s legacy. In 1941, she met the love of her life and soulmate, George T. McCulley. They were married Nov. 25, 1946, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. A precious few are blessed with a love like they shared. And even fewer embrace the strength required to make a love like that last an eternity, but their love was truly a testament of time. Sadly, George preceded her in death on Jan. 6, 2004, after 57 years of marriage.

George and Virginia raised their five children to hold God in their hearts and to be loyal and giving to others. Virginia was a stay-at-home mom for many years and eventually was employed by the state of Illinois and then with CIPS, where she retired after 20 years.

Virginia was a friend to many and had an implausible grace to see only the good in people. She was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish and had an exceptionally giving heart. She lived by the philosophy that it’s in giving that you receive. She contributed both time and monetary offerings to many charities and volunteered for the Suicide Prevention Hotline, Muni Opera and St. Patrick’s School and was an election judge for many years.

Virginia was a master gardener, a collector of bells and music boxes and strong supporter of the Fighting Illini. She was also a big Michael Jordan and Dee Brown fan.

It’s easy to see why she was so loved and why she will be so dearly missed.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters, Kathryn and Louise Trefz; five brothers, Eugene, Ted and Casimer Trefz and two in infancy.

Visitation will be Monday, April 21, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Prayers at 4:30 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at St. Katharine Drexel Parish/St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Christopher House officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Virginia’s remembrance to the St. John’s Breadline, 430 N. Fifth St., Springfield, IL 62702 or to Catholic Charities 800 S. Fifth St., Springfield, IL 62703.

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