Miss Virginia Hinchliff, Galesburg Chapel

hinchliff-virginia.jpgage 101, a resident of Rosewood Care Center, 1250 West Carl Sandburg Drive, Galesburg, died Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
She was born October 28, 1910 in Galesburg, the daughter of Everett and Nell Townsend Hinchliff. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Barb (Mrs. Homer T.) Hinchliff of Port Townsend, Wash., one niece, and six nephews. There are also six great nieces, one great-great niece, and one great-great nephew.
Virginia graduated from Galesburg High School in 1928, from Knox College in 1932, and received her master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1945.
Miss Hinchliff taught school in Knox County for 40 years. She started her career at Victoria High School and then moved to Lombard Junior High in Galesburg. She spent the last 25 years at Galesburg Senior High School.
She was active in educational circles, having served as president of the Galesburg Education Association, president of the Western Division of the Illinois Education Association, and president of the Knox County Retired Teachers. She also served for eight years on the Illinois Teachers’ Certification Board.
She was a member of Central Congregational Church, Chapter AN of P.E.O., Sorosis, Meletomen Study Club, Pi Phi Alumnae, and she was the first president of Alpha Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.
There will be no visitation, but a memorial service will be held at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. Revs. James Ecklund and Thomas Heather will be leading the service. Memorials may be made to Central Congregational Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.

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10 Guestbook Entries to “Miss Virginia Hinchliff, Galesburg Chapel”

  1. Although we haven’t seen each other in quite a while I have often thought about you and about our many chats we had. You were always so caring and always asked how my children were or how school was going and even offered at times to look over my school papers. You even allowed be to interview you for one of my papers as we talked about ur childhood growing up in the great depression and all ur accomplishments. You also told me that ur favorite snack when you were a little girl was popcorn in milk and i was skeptical to try it but it was rather delicious and had become a regular delicacy in my home. I will miss you may you rest in piece.

  2. I want to thank you Ms. Hinchliff for your support of me during my days at GHS. You were so patient with me as I learned from you about writing and English my sophomore year. You teachings lasted all of these years and I know I can never repay to you what you had given my during that time. May God bless you now and welcome you into his Kingdom. Heaven is getting a wonderful teacher and PERSON!
    Rob Johnson
    Houston, TX
    Class of 1972

  3. Virginia Hinchliff was one of a kind. She was my English teacher in 1971 and a remarkable one at that. One day she was exasperated with our class and proclaimed that we did everything but serve tea. The next day we had a tea party! She never forgot that. Over the years when I returned to Galesburg I would always take time to visit her. Her mind was incredible and sharp, reminding me of things I had long forgotten. She was a gentle woman of faith and integrity yet a tower of intellect and strength. A little something will be missing this Christmas without her yearly letter. We were all blessed that her life was long and will miss her dearly. Virginia, may you rest in peace in the care of the Lord you loved and exemplified here on earth.

  4. One of Galesburg’s greatest teachers. My sophomore English class with her in 1969-70 was one of the highlights of my school years. She loved literature and shared her enthusiasm for it, and she was a sweet, compassionate woman.

  5. One of the best teachers at Galesburg High School. She was a bright light, and everyone who had her class loved her. She will be truely missed.

  6. Virginia was not only a wonderful and inspiring teacher, but a dear friend. I often chatted with her when I came to visit my mother. She believed each of her students had a special talent and felt it was her job to discover it and encourage its development. We were blessed to share her love of literature and life. Ann Fritz

  7. I feel so blessed to have know Virginia as a fellow Pi Phi. She was so welcoming to a young woman new to town. Later, I found out that she had known the Egan family for many years and even taught Tom’s father in high school! Her knowledge of Galesburg, her abillity to remember people, and to really be interested in what you had to say endeared her to many. We will miss you dearly, Carol Egan

  8. My deepest condolences to the family of Miss Hinchliff. She was probably the greatest teacher I had. I’ll never forget having her for grammar and how she always had us diagram sentences. She was an amazing teacher and kind person. I just loved her. She was one of the reasons I became a teacher and an English minor at that! I’ll tell you one thing–I sure knew grammar and got an A in it in college because of her thorough teaching. Thank you Miss Hinchliff. You were loved and will always be remembered by your students. Sharon (Rissing) Butterfield, class of 1960.

  9. Miss Hinchliff was a beautiful and kind person loved by all.

    Diana Dress

  10. My late father and mother always spoke very highly of Virginia. My father graduated high school in 1935 and Virginia was one of his teachers. I met her a number of times. In the 1980’s, I was fortunate to attend a Victoria school reunion with them. Mother and I would visit Perkins in Galesburg after the passing in 2005 of my father and we enjoyed seeing Virginia newspaper interview there. She was truly a blessed lady that has left a true legacy. I am lucky for getting to meet her. May God Bless.

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