Virginia Margaret Meissner Nelson, age 88 of Worcester, and formerly of Hampstead, NC and Lafayette Hill, PA, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017. She was born to the late William Meissner and Mildred Blatt Meissner on April 1, 1928.
Virginia grew up in Wilkes-Barre, PA and attended Bucknell Junior College (now Wilkes University) where she studied mathematics, with a minor in social studies and English. While in school she met her future husband, John (Jack) Peter Nelson, Sr. They were married on June 9, 1951.
Immediately after graduation she took a position as a math teacher at Harford Township High School. After teaching there for two years, she and Jack moved to Mount Holly, NJ where they started a family (John, Jr. was born). A short time after that they moved to Cincinnati, OH where Mark William and Suzanne Virginia were born.
In 1963 the family moved to Lafayette Hill, PA where the family grew up. Virginia returned to teach as a substitute teacher in the early 1970s, and finally returned to full-time teaching in 1973 at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School. She stayed there until her retirement in the 1982.
Virginia is survived by her son, John P. Nelson, Jr, and her daughter Suzanne Nelson Wiacek. She also leaves behind three grandchildren, Katherine Leigh Nelson, Andrew John Nelson, and Olivia Dawn Nelson. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack (2000) and son Mark William Nelson (1990).
Virginia requested a private burial at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh, and memorial service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ambler, PA. The memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 21, which will be preceded by a visitation with the family at 10:00 am. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her final days. Donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 708 Bethlehem Pike South, Ambler, Pennsylvania 19002, or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 107 Deerfield Road, Hampstead, North Carolina 28443.
Arrangements were provided by Lownes Family Funeral Home of Lafayette Hill.