Virginia Ruth (Fretz) Stant, 93, passed away in New Castle, Ind., Wednesday evening, Sept. 21, 2011, at the Woodlands at Forest Ridge, where she has lived for the past four years.
A daughter of the late Anthony and Ora (LaSelle) Fretz, Virginia was born in Sugar Ridge Township, Center Point, March 16, 1918.
She graduated from Ashboro High School with the class of 1936 and also from Indiana Central School of Nursing in 1939.
Virginia was a veteran of the United States Army. She proudly served her country during World War II as a First Lieutenant Army Nurse with the 32nd General Hospital Unit of the Methodist Hospital at Indianapolis.
Virginia received four Overseas Service Bars and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Battle Stars for her service in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and Rhineland.
She was honorably discharged Dec. 29, 1945.
Virginia worked as the plant nurse for International Harvester in Indianapolis from 1946-48.
She married in 1948 and helped her husband on the family farm south of Straughn, Ind., as they raised their family.
She returned to work as the school nurse at Tri High School from 1971-75.
Virginia was a member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, where she also served as Deacon.
She enjoyed Bible study, quilting, sewing and playing the piano.
Survivors include son George (Donna) Stant, Fountaintown, son-in-law William Kaiser, Straughn, grandchildren Andrea and Greg Kaiser, Richmond, Doug (Dayna) Stant, Fortville, Randall Stant, Indianapolis, and Amanda Stant, Greenfield, great-grandson Mason Stant, sister Norma Rector, Center Point, nieces and nephews.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Robert T. Stant Dec. 27, 1998. They were married in Beech Grove June 6, 1948.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter Barbara Anne Kaiser May 30, 2008, and seven siblings.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at the Marshall and Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin, Ind. Rev. Michael Smith will officiate. The Reverends Peter Zinn and Arthur Whitaker will assist.
Burial with military honors will follow at the Lewisville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.marshallanderlewein-funeralhome.com.