Ruth Florence Wiedenhoeft Schillinger, 99, passed away peacefully at Evergreen Health and Rehab in Winchester, VA, early Thursday morning, Feb. 7. She had moved to Strasburg, VA from her long-time home in Viola in 2000 to be near her son Jack and his wife Elisabeth. A family memorial service celebrating Ruth’s life will be held this spring. Donations in her name can be made to Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester, VA. Arrangements are being handled by Stover Funeral Home & Crematory in Strasburg, VA.

   Ruth Florence Wiedenhoeft Schillinger, 99, passed away peacefully at Evergreen Health and Rehab in Winchester, VA, early Thursday morning, Feb. 7. She had moved to Strasburg, VA  from her long-time home in Viola in 2000 to be near her son Jack and his wife Elisabeth.


   Ruth was born Oct. 28, 1919, to Arthur and Katherine Wiedenhoeft in Chicago and grew up in a predominantly German immigrant neighborhood. In 1932 her family moved into a new home designed by Ruth’s father in the nearby suburb of Glen Ellyn.

   In 1938 Ruth married John Fry Schillinger, whose father, August Schillinger,  had emigrated to America in 1887 at the age of 16. In 1900, August married Katherine Fry and bought a farm in Naperville, where John and his three brothers were raised. In 1941, John and Ruth moved to Aledo where he served as the agency manager for the Country Life Insurance Company, and she began working part-time with a local florist.
 

  Both were active in the Methodist Church, enjoyed golf, bridge, bowling, and entertaining friends. When they bought a new farm home in Viola in 1956,  Ruth opened her own flower and gift shop, while John and son Jack turned half of the farm’s 80 acres into a Christmas tree farm and began raising Suffolk sheep.

   In 1957 Ruth and John’s daughter, Jill Louise, was born with severe cerebral palsy. A quadriplegic, Jill enjoyed loving care at home and many family vacation trips. After the death of her husband in 1994 and of Jill in 1998, Ruth moved to Strasburg, VA.

   Ruth is survived by her son and his wife Elisabeth of Strasburg, and three grandchildren: granddaughter Liesl of NYC and  two grandsons and their wives, Justin and Victoria, of Fairfax, VA; and Nathaniel and Phong, of Chantilly, VA. Ruth is also survived by three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her four older sisters.
 

  A family memorial service celebrating Ruth’s life will be held this spring. Donations in her name can be made to Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester, VA. Arrangements are being handled by Stover Funeral Home & Crematory in Strasburg, VA.