Virginia Scott Laumeister, 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 11 with her sons Brett, Glenn, and Cody; daughter-in-law, Suzanne; and former husband, Bruce at her bedside. Virginia was born July 30, 1933 in Boston and grew up in Tucson, AZ, traveling there as a baby via the Panama Canal. She was the daughter of Dr. L. Cody Marsh and Anne Barraud Cocke. Dr. Marsh pioneered the use of group therapy in psychiatry. A self-taught tennis player, she played for Washington College in Maryland and the University of Arizona, graduating with a B.A. in History in 1954. She was a flight attendant for United in the early days of airline travel when she met Bruce R. Laumeister of Rochester, NY. They were married in San Francisco in 1957. Virginia and Bruce settled in the Princeton, NJ area where all three sons were born. The family moved to the Schenectady area in 1965 and lived on Riverview Road in Rexford until 1974. Bruce led the development of electric cars and garden tractors for General Electric. Virginia loved raising her sons, playing tennis, figure skating, and hosting dinner parties with other GE families. She enjoyed the ministry of Dr. Dean Dykstra at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady. When the family moved to Hunterdon County, NJ, Virginia returned to college at Rutgers and earned her master's in Library Science. Upon moving to Bennington, VT in 1980, she became a librarian at Southern Vermont College. In 1989 she returned to Schenectady and settled in Niskayuna. She was a reference librarian at the Town of Colonie library until her retirement, and also ran the library and bookshop at First Reformed. She loved exploring the world through reading and travel, including hiking trips to England and Ireland with Bruce, cultural tours of Europe with friends, safari travel to Africa with Glenn, and driving trips out west with Cody. She took up watercolor painting in her 70s and was part of the Colonie Art League with Brett, an accomplished oil painter. She especially enjoyed the addition of daughter-in-law, Suzanne to the family in 2008. Virginia was a gracious and empathic woman who accepted each person just as they were, without regard to their status or accomplishments. Even while ill with cancer she was active in befriending and visiting the other elderly ladies of her church, while never seeming "elderly" herself. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial service at First Reformed Church, 8 North Church St., Schenectady on Saturday, October 22 at 1 p.m. All are invited to a reception and lunch following the service. Flowers or donations may be sent to First Reformed in her memory, call (518) 377-2201 for information.
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