Virginia May Richards, 99, of West Baraboo, passed away Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at St. Clare Hospital.
Virginia was born Sept. 29, 1918, in Baraboo, the daughter of Walter and Gladys (Hocum) Schacht. Virginia graduated from Baraboo High School in 1936 and began working at the Hershinger Insurance Agency as a secretary. On Aug. 15, 1940, she married Lester Ira Richards at her parents’ home in Baraboo. He preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 1998.
Virginia was a homemaker most of her life and she enjoyed raising Boston terriers. She was an outdoors person, being an avid hunter, which includes hunting squirrel, rabbits, deer, pheasant and raccoon. Virginia also enjoyed trout fishing. She and Lester loved to dance every Saturday night at the Frolics in Portage. She will be truly missed by her family and friends.
Survivors include her daughter Patricia “Pat” (Robert) Frank of West Baraboo; five grandchildren, John (Tracy) Niles of Baraboo, Robert (Erin) Niles of East Bristol, Beverly (Jason) Terry of Baraboo, Michael (Shaoping) Richards of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Kelly (Sidney) Scoville of Richland Center; seven great-grandchildren, Matthew Powell, Drake, Garrett, Lily, Niles, Taz, Wiley and Freya Scoville, Leo Xial “Richards;” and daughter-in-law Sandy Richards of Baraboo.
In addition to her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by her son, Jim Richards; a brother, Walt Schacht; and a granddaughter, Lynn Graham.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, Baraboo. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Sauk County Humane Society, Baraboo. Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home is assisting the family.