OBITUARY: Virginia M. Schierling

Virginia M. Schierling, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 20,

2020, at the Newton Presbyterian Manor.

She was born October 12, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri,

and grew up in Kinsley with her adoptive parents

Robert and Sophia (Fox) Richards. On Aug. 14,

1950, she married Irvin Schierling at Sacred Heart

Catholic Church in Halstead, and they made their

home in Newton. Irvin preceded Virginia in death on

February 17, 2006.

She was a graduate of Kinsley High School and

earned her nursing degree from Hertzler Hospital

School of Nursing in Halstead. She served as a registered

nurse for more than 40 years before retiring. She

worked at Hertzler Hospital, Bethel Clinic and Doctors

Park in Newton. She was a member of the Hospital

Nurse Alumni.

Virginia’s Catholic faith was central to her life and

she was a lifelong member of the St. Mary Catholic

Church in Newton.Virginia and Irvin enjoyed spending

time at their Colorado cabin. She loved her family and

always enjoyed her visits with family and friends. She

will be greatly missed for her wisdom, humor and


The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude

for the exceptional care Virginia received while a

resident of the Newton Presbyterian Manor.

She is survived by her daughters Susan (Tom) Gillett

and Sharon Stockham both of Newton; three grandchildren

Eric Stockham, Liz Schmidt and Nick Gillett; and

five great-grandchildren Luke, Jack, Ayden, Gavin and


Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, parents,

and one son in law J.D. Stockham. She is also preceded

in death by three brothers and one sister.

Funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at St.

Mary Catholic Church in Newton with the Rev. Max

Blitz Celebrant. Recitation of the Holy Rosary was at 6

p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Petersen Funeral Home in

Newton and was led by the Rev. Nicholas Voelker. The

family received friends until 7:30 p.m. following the

Rosary. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Petersen

Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic School

in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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