Virginia Leona Eschbacher, 90 of Carlinville, passed away on February 18, 2021, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Virginia was born on October 2, 1930, in Granite City and was the oldest daughter of John and Leona (List) Wickman.
After graduating from Granite City High School, Virginia worked for Catholic Charities and Monsanto for several years. Virginia met Gene at a bowling event at a Cathedral Club function in St. Louis shortly thereafter Gene and Virginia were married on October 17, 1959. Throughout the years, Virginia became involved in volunteer work with St. Joseph’s Church and in the Carlinville Schools as a room mother and reading assistant.
Virginia maintained her role as secretary at Aladdin Steel and later became a Master Gardener. Virginia was also very involved in the annual Christmas display outside their home every year. Virginia loved spending time at their cabin at Lake Rinaker and will be remembered as a kind soul to all.
Virginia is survived by her husband Eugene of Carlinville; four children, Andrew Eschbacher of Seattle WA, Roberta (Robert) Baldwin of Herman MO, Robert (Regina) Eschbacher of St. Louis, MO, and Patricia (Wade) Bush of Cincinnati, OH; nine grandchildren, Nick (Kristina) Eschbacher, Adam Eschbacher, Alayna (Michael) Dickey, Katelyn Eschbacher, Daniel Baldwin, Michael Baldwin, Cole Bush, Logan Bush and Cooper Bush; one great-granddaughter, Grace Eschbacher; and two sisters, Shirley Lammert of Edwardsville and Joan Wickman of St. Louis, MO.
Virginia was preceded in death by newborns David and Francis Lee; her parents, John and Leona Wickman; and her sister, Rosemary House.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at St. Mary and Joseph’s Church in Carlinville at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held one hour before the mass. Memorials are suggested to the Carlinville Library, Carlinville Food Pantry, or Meals on Wheels. Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville is in charge of arrangements.