Virginia M. Distel, 82, of Tiffin, died 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Volunteers of America Autumnwood Care Center, Tiffin.
Virginia was born July 24, 1931, in Bettsville, to John and Leila (Havens) Semer. She married Richard G. Distel May 24, 1952, at St. Joseph Rectory, and he survives.
Other survivors include a brother, James Semer of Idaho Falls, Idaho; a sister, Ardath Wilson of Proctorville; nieces and nephews, Valerie (Steve) Clouse, James (Amy) Semer, Jason (Debbie) Howard, Brett (Gail) Wilson, Brenda (Dave) Massie and Col. Larie (Tracey) Wilson.
Virginia was a 1949 Columbian High School graduate and worked for Russell-Reed-Felton Insurance, later the United Insurance Service. She was a member of Washington Street United Methodist Church, the Seventy-Six Antique Club, Tiffin Glass Museum and Seneca County Historical Society.
The Tiffin Glass Club was founded in 1985 when Virginia contacted friends who were interested in Tiffin Glass and had their first meeting at the Fort Ball Room of the Seneca County Museum. She was their first president and also contributed information to Fred Bickenheuser's glass book and to Schoreder's antique price guide. She also presented programs around Tiffin, Port Clinton, and to the Toledo Glass Club.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin OH 44883, (419) 447-3113.
Her funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2 at the funeral home with the Rev. Donna Van Trees officiating. Burial will follow at Rock Creek Cemetery, Tiffin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tiffin Glass Museum or a charity of the donor's choice in care of the funeral home.
To send condolences, view the Celebration of Life video, or for directions to the funeral home, go to www.traunerofuneralhome.com.