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Remembering Sister Virginia Lang

Posted February 25, 2021 in Obituaries

Sister Virginia Lang was a woman of quiet determination, skill and devoted service.  She was a faithful community member for 69 years, a beloved sister and sister-in-law as well as aunt and friend.

Virginia Jean Lang was born in 1933 to Anthony and Evelyn and was raised with two siblings, Marylyn and Anthony Jr.  She was baptized and confirmed in her Cleveland parish, St. Aloysius, and became a Euclidian with a move to Holy Cross during her grade school years, followed by high school at Villa Angela Academy.

In 1951 Virginia entered the Ursuline Sisters and was given the name Sister Rose Anthony at her religious reception.  She was perpetually professed in 1957.  Sister earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from St. John College and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Sister Virginia spent her earliest years in ministry teaching grade school children at St. Jerome, St. Mary (Mentor), St. Therese, St. Patrick, St. Mary (Collinwood), St. Francis de Sales and St. William.  Then she moved into high school ministry, serving at Villa Angela Academy as librarian and Secretary of Alumnae.

Certainly her attention to detail and focus on accuracy continued to serve her well at Ursuline College, in the Christ Child Lab and the Registrar’s Office.  From there she went on to care for the sisters as she assisted at the motherhouse in the General Treasurer’s Office, in the local Treasurer’s Office and the gift shop.

In 2017 Sister Virginia was one of the pioneer sisters who moved to Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, preparing the way for others who would follow.  It was a courageous act on the part of the first sisters and she was proud to be among them.  A brief illness necessitated a final move to Regina Health Center where she was grateful for the care she received in her final months of life. Sister Virginia died peacefully at Regina on Feb. 24th while her sisters and family held her in prayer.

Sister Virginia will be remembered as a woman who faithfully served without great fanfare or fuss, behind the scenes and always dedicated and supportive.  She will shine brightly in the communion of saints, remembered with love.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and brother-in-law. She is survived by her sister, Marylyn Huffard, her sister-in-law, Nancy Lang, and her nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service for Sister Virginia will be held at a later time because of the pandemic.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland:  www.ursulinesisters.org

Arrangements by DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott.