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Virginia Colby Skrabak '50

Virginia C. Skrabak of Venice, FL, passed away February 15, 2014. She was 85. Virginia was born and raised on Colby Homestead Farms in Spencerport, NY, a bicentennial farm owned and operated by her father and brother, and now her nephews. As a girl, she participated in several 4H groups and helped with the everyday farm chores. Virginia graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio where she met her husband, Joseph. After graduation, the Skrabaks moved to Metuchen, New Jersey where Virginia raised her family and taught pre-school, which she continued to do in Cincinnati, OH and Mahwah, NJ until moving to Venice in 1989. Virginia was an active member of Jacaranda Country Club's golf and bridge groups, and The Venice Presbyterian Church. She most enjoyed her visits with her children and grandchildren. Being a farm girl she used her 4H skills in sewing, baking, and gardening, as well as canning and freezing fresh fruits and vegetables. She also liked to read and travel, which she did extensively in retirement. Her favorite trip was her college graduation trip to Europe for two months. This began a lifelong passion for travel. Other favorites included trips to Turkey and Greece, and to Australia and New Zealand. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Merton and Mabel Colby, and her sister, Marcia (Meister) and her brother, James. Virginia is survived by Joseph Skrabak '50, her husband of 65 years; her children, James (Nancy), John (Caroline), Carolyn Casey (Tim) and William (Kathryn); and seven grandchildren, Benjamin and James Skrabak, Christopher and Annie Skrabak, Robert and William Casey, and Madison Skrabak. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and their families. Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1 PM at The Venice Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception at Jacaranda Country Club. Interment will be held for family members at the Sarasota National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice, FL 34285 or to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, to whom her family is very grateful for their compassion and kindness. Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements