Virginia Rigler

virginia rigler
Virginia Rigler, a southern lady never tells her age, of New Hampton, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Kensington Place Assisted Living. Virginia Es’Dorn Rigler was born in Georgetown, S.C., the fourth child of Eva Causey Es’Dorn and Glennie Ernest Es’Dorn. When Virginia was fifteen, she and her family moved to Charleston, S.C., where Virginia graduated from the Memminger High School for Girls and later, from Stokes Business College. During World War II, she worked for the federal government and, in 1946, she became employed as a stewardess by Delta Airlines. Virginia married Robert R. (Bob) Rigler, of New Hampton, on November 15, 1947, in Charleston, S.C., and made her home in New Hampton ever since; she and Bob spent many winters in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Virginia was an active member of the New Hampton community, having served as a Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout leader, a member of several bridge groups, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary (an original member of that group), the Sunset Circle of Loafers, and the New Hampton Golf and Country Club where she and Bob were, for three consecutive years in the early 1950’s, the “husband and wife” club champions. Virginia was always pleased that she could be helpful to a number of charitable endeavors, in New Hampton and elsewhere. She was predeceased by her husband; her siblings, Dick Es’Dorn, Glennie Es’Dorn and Margaret Es’Dorn Stone; and by her granddaughter, Elizabeth Levis Rigler. Survivors include her sisters Vivian Es’Dorn Vereen and Sybil Es’Dorn Futch; her four children and their spouses (Nancy Rigler and Pat Burke of DeKalb, Illinois, Jane Rigler and John Tighe of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, John and Cheryl Rigler of New Hampton, and Robert and Maeve Rigler of Alexandria, Virginia; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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  1. Our condolences to the Rigler family on the loss of your loved mother and grandmother. She was an interesting and interested woman. I enjoyed our conversations.

  2. Our sympathy to the Rigler family. We will miss the sweetest southern lady that was so full of life. She touched so many lives with her generosity and will be missed by so many. God bless. Ron and Kris

  3. You have my condolences. She always talked to me whenever I saw her. Our son used to mow her lawn and shoveled snow. Your Mom gave Brian his first golf club. She will be missed.

  4. Dear Rigler Family, producing your families slide legacy 15 years ago, we became friends with your Mom. She is a Grand Lady and will be missed by all. Every time we met, we would have a laugh or two and have a great discussion. What a Brilliant Lady! Rest in Peace Virginia …. our sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Dirk and Janise Firman

  5. My husband would share his fish catch of the day with your Dad and mom and even when she was alone she appreciated the fresh fillets. It never went without something homemade in return. Whatever it was, it was delicious. She was a wonderful lady, our sympathy and prayers. Denny & Mary

  6. Our condolences to the Rigler family, John and Cheryl. Ginny was a special lady, a real southern belle. She will be missed by those in the various groups and communities in which she was a part. Her caring and generosity were hallmarks of who she was. May your memories provide you comfort.

  7. Our sympathy and prayers to all of the Rigler family. Ginny will be missed by many in this
    community. She was one classy lady. May she rest in peace.

  8. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man or woman should die, can they live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

  9. I want to extend my sympathy to all of the Rigler family. Ginny was someone who always recognized you with a smile and took the time for a short visit – even in the grocery store. She was a beautiful, friendly person and will certainly be missed by many. My prayers are with you.

  10. John and I have had the pleasure of knowing Ginny & Bob in sunny Myrtle Beach. We were always excited to see their car in the parking lot because we knew we would be sharing fun times together!!Ginny was and still is an inspiration to us in “how to live life to the fullest”!! Thank you, Ginny, for all the memories!! We feel as though we know her loved ones even though we never met you. Please accept our sympathy and may her memory provide comfort to you.
    God Bless,
    Ginny & John Franklin

  11. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Ginny’s family and extended family. We truly enjoyed getting to know her (and Bob) better and visiting with them when they moved to our neighborhood. Ginny was one of a kind – charming, caring, generous, smart, gracious, funny, genteel, etc. She maintained her Southern charm and lovely accent despite living ‘up north’ – though she enjoyed winters in Myrtle Beach, S.C. We had some great visits – even in the grocery store – and recipe exchanges. May peace be with her family.
    Kathy and George Bouska

  12. Your mother blessed so many people with her faith and kindness. Praying that you’ll find comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her, too.

  13. Dear Rob, John & family… your folks are among New Hampton’s best ambassadors. I never realized that Ginny was a stewardess… and it certainly comes as no surprise. What a charmer. You can be very proud to have such lovely folks, and I send my most sincere sympathies. – Ron Ryan

  14. Rigler family —– your mother was a special lady and a very special friend that we valued very much. New Hampton, Iowa will never be the same without “Ginny” Rigler!
    My sincere sympathy to all of you.
    Ben Ryan

  15. Rigler family my deepest sympathy your Mother was one of a kind. She was such a gracious lady, I remember how much fun Nancy and I had on our over nights. Virginia will be deeply missed by many. Just wanted to let you know you are all in my thoughts & prayers.

  16. To the Rigler family,
    You have our deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. She was a true southern belle who always made you feel welcome. Your parents will be missed by many friends, but we are certain they are happy to be reunited.
    Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  17. My condolences to the Rigler family on the loss of dear sweet Ginny. My best memories of her are from my childhood when I rode my bike just down the street to her house. She would invite me in for “tea time” on her back porch. We would have tea and cookies together and talk and talk and talk. She was such a refined lady and was so kind to a young girl like me.

  18. To Jinny’s family, Your mother was one wonderful lady. Always cheerful and a delight to talk with. We moved in across from Bob & Jinny on Locust years ago and they were always great neighbors. She would bring over chutney she made and sweet potatoes from Carolina with a story to share. You have our blessing and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
    Bill & Denise Sinnwell family

  19. To the Rigler Family, Your Mom was always a friend to us, a very special Lady.Our condolences and prayers go to family. Jean and Dan Scott

  20. My condolences to the Rigler family. I will always remember golfing with Ginny and the support she gave me in my game. I remember on hole #7 Ginny’s tee shot rolled 1″ by the cup on the right side, so she hit another ball and rolled in 1″ on the left side of the cup. Incredible!

  21. We send our sincere sympathy and prayers to the entire Rigler family. We so enjoyed getting to know both your parents as they were our ‘backyard’ neighbors. Ginny was a joy to visit with, always some wonderful and interesting stories to hear! New Hampton has truly lost a grand lady, she will be missed by many. We’re sure your parents are together in God’s house and playing the most perfect golf course! We are so sorry that we were gone at the time of her ‘life celebration’. Sincerely, Dave and Terry Utterback

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