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Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 3:20 am

SCALES MOUND, Ill. -- Virginia A. Laity, 91, of Scales Mound, died at 12:45 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2009, at Midwest Medical Center, Galena.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at Miller and Steinke Funeral Home, Scales Mound, with the Rev. Janice Diefenthaler officiating. Burial will be in the Scales Mound Township Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

She was born on July 13, 1917, in Apple River Township of Jo Daviess County, daughter of William Wilbur and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Williams.

She married LaVerne Addison Schoenhard on Nov. 23, 1938, at Westminster Presbyterian Church Manse, Dubuque; he preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 1962. She married Clifford Earl Laity on June 1, 1968, at the First Presbyterian Church, Scales Mound; he preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1984.

She graduated from Scales Mound High School in 1935. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1937, where she later earned a bachelor's and master's degree in education.

She began teaching in rural schools; she then taught at Scales Mound School. The last 21 years of her career were spent teaching at Lena-Winslow schools.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Scales Mound and its FHC Circle, the Jo Daviess County retired teachers, the Illinois retired teachers, the Alumni Association of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, senior citizens club and several card clubs.

Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Ann Schoenhard, of Freeport; a stepdaughter, Fern Moyer, of Galena; a stepson, James Laity, of Scales Mound; two grandchildren, Adam Schoenhard, of Las Vegas, and Angela Schoenhard, of San Diego; 11 stepgrandchildren, Richard Laity, of Florida, Dan Laity and William Laity, of Galena, Sharon McGuire, Lynn Delson and Timothy Laity, all of Milwaukee, Lori Moyer, Rodney Moyer, Tom Moyer and Wayne Moyer, all of Galena, and Bob Moyer, of Dubuque; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Alan and Gordon Williams, of Scales Mound.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Rick Schoenhard; a daughter, Korliss Schoenhard; a stepdaughter, Dorothy Laity; a stepson, Keith Laity; a stepgrandson, Mark Laity; and a sister-in-law, Marvel Williams.

A Virginia A. Laity Memorial Fund has been established for a Scales Mound High School Scholarship.

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