October 18, 2014
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.