April 27, 1920 Dec. 24, 2013
Virginia Mae Greiner, 93, Altoona, died peacefully Christmas Eve at UPMC Altoona, surrounded by family and friends. The 11th child of William and Elizabeth (Lunt) Sharrar, she was born in East Juniata.
Always an energetic woman, she began her working life at age 15 with the National Youth Administration; her final day of work was Thursday at the Van Zandt Memorial Medical Center, where she had been a senior volunteer for 29 years. During WWII, she worked at Puritan, manufacturing Army jackets. Among her favorite jobs was working 14 years at McCrory's on 11th Avenue, for she loved interacting with the public.
Among her enthusiasms were family gatherings, playing cards, travel and baseball. She was proud to celebrate her 90th birthday by throwing out the first pitch at an Altoona Curve game. In her early years, she and her husband combined their passion for travel and baseball by taking the train to Philadelphia and New York to take in as many as three baseball games in a weekend.
She is survived by her son, John William Greiner and wife, Carolyn, of Frederick Md.; her daughter, Kathy Elaine Greiner of Altoona; three grandchildren: Joseph Russler, Benjamin Brooksby and Angie Brooksby Arcangioli; and a great grandchild, Flora Arcangioli; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Marks Greiner; and all of her eight siblings: Tom, Howard, Ben, Francis, Joseph Sharrar, Margaret Larkins, Elmira Banks and Florence Swanger.
Family and friends are invited to a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Simpson-Temple United Parish, 2212 Sixth Ave., Altoona. Guests will be welcomed beginning at noon. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to memorialize her life are requested to contribute to Simpson-Temple United Parish at the address above.