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Virginia Wheeler



CARY — Virginia Fay Wheeler, 92, of Cary, formerly of Ottawa, died Saturday, May 5, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

Mrs. Wheeler was born April 16, 1926, in Manlius, to James and Mary Ballard. She married J. Earl Wheeler on Aug. 12, 1947, in Manlius.

Virginia attended Huntington College and was a “Rosie the Riveter,” making airplane parts for WWII military use. She was a homemaker, an activities assistant at Ottawa Care Pavilion, and a member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Lou (John) Doogan, of Cary; a son, David (Kelly) Wheeler, of Walsenburg, Colo.; and two grandsons, John (Kendall) Doogan, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Christian (Tere) Doogan, of Lake Bluff, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a sister, Mary Margaret Lubbs; and a granddaughter, Cori Conklin.

To honor Virginia’s wishes, there will be a private service. She will be laid to rest at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.

Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association at

Arrangements were entrusted to Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory, Crystal Lake. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-459-3411 or visit, where friends may leave online condolences for Virginia’s family.

Davenport Family Funeral Homes & Crematory

149 W. Main St., Barrington, IL 60010


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