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Virginia Romack was born Virginia Irene Soseman on December 17, 1925, in rural Davis County, Iowa, east of Bloomfield. She passed away at her home in rural Danville on August 12, 2017. When asked her name, she would always reply "Virginia Irene, that's my name, ask me again and I'll tell you the same." Friends knew her as Ginny.

Virginia was the seventh of 12 children of Raymond Mosher Soseman and Neda Fay (Arganbright) Soseman. As a girl, she attended Swamp Angel School.

The family moved to 618 4th Street, Nevada, Iowa, in Sept. 1938. In about 1943, they moved to the corner of Second and Avenue I.

Virginia graduated from Nevada (Iowa) High School on May 23, 1944. Her graduating class of 34 seniors had 23 girls and 11 boys. She was president of the Girls Athletic Association, earned an "N" from the GAA in 1943, was in the senior class play, worked at OPA, was librarian senior year, and was office girl for the superintendent.

WWII raged while Virginia was in high school. Five brothers and a brother-in-law were in the service and Virginia maintained a scrapbook of letters home and newspaper clippings.

During high school, Virginia and a friend worked at a nearby cafe during the lunch hour. Virginia also worked at Donnelley's while living in Nevada.

Virginia moved to Danville, IL, in the 40s (perhaps 1948) where she first lived in a sleeping room and then in an apartment building at North and Pine. She was employed by Interstate Printing.

She married Robert Romack and they had two children: Debbie and Robin. Pat Cummings (Good) and sister-in-law Jean became part of their family during their high school years. The family lived at 1123 E. Voorhees until 1966 when they sold the property for the development of Holiday Square and moved east of Danville. At both homes, they owned horses. Robert and the girls enjoyed riding and showing and she helped. They also boarded horses and she made many friends that way.

Robert died on Nov. 1, 1966. Upon his death, Virginia took the reins of their business Chapter Supply Company. The "shop" was one of the oldest screen printers in Illinois. She also ran Romack's Tack Shop which sold horseshoes, tack, dog food, and supplies. Virginia was a jack of all trades and did whatever needed to be done whether office work, screen printing, artwork, equipment repair or sewing. She made many custom banners including ones for the city, area schools and marching bands, and businesses. The shop also published a newsletter for people interested in horses called the Unbaled Hay. Virginia worked until 2005 (age 79) when she retired and the business closed.

Virginia enjoyed helping with the Lynch School fundraising dinners and her daughters with their projects. She enjoyed visiting her far-flung family and their visits to Danville. Starting in 1974, the Soseman clan began gathering for a weeklong annual reunion at Lake Wapello State Park in Iowa, a highlight of each year for her. She liked working on crafts such as feather flowers or wood carving, but most of all reveled in chatting with people at the shop, creating meaningful orders for them, taking care of the horses, keeping up with yard work, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and by siblings Ruth (Miller), Ned, Charles, George, Don, James Robert, Dorothy, Jerry, and Jon.

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Charlie) Huber and Robin Romack; four grandchildren, Laura Huber (Jason Palmer), Scott Huber, Iggy (Taylor) Kaldahl and Sissy Romack; two siblings, Alyce (Dick) McLaughlin and Clair (Barb) Soseman; two sisters-in law, Marjorie Soseman and Shirley Jean Reese; many nieces and nephews, lifelong friend Pat (Don) Good and her dog, Specks.

Virginia was the type of person to give you the shirt off her back, doing anything for family and strangers alike. She always saw the best in people as well as the most difficult situations saying she was better than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow. She was a hard worker, never complaining. She ran the sweeper every night and would often fall asleep to Johnny Carson or David Letterman. Into her eighties, you would see her outside everyday trimming or mowing the lawn, carrying her love of the outdoors throughout life. She enjoyed singing old standards such as "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain." She often invited others for a picnic or would simply ask to go for a car ride saying "she never did like to drive" and her mother never drove. Her favorite place was at home and in the company of family.

She maintained her wit to the end. For example, when someone tried to rouse her from deep slumber by repeatedly saying her name, she finally replied, "Virginia is sleeping" and when a nurse asked her if she could get her anything, she replied with "a hundred dollars."

She was a hard worker and a good listener. She was upbeat and positive. She spoke often of her love of her parents, her home state of Iowa, her family, and her appreciation for all those that were part of her life. She was content.

Interment was at Sunset Cemetery with private graveside services. Please share memories at www.papefuneral.com. Friends and family will be gathering soon to commemorate Virginia's life. Contact family for details. In her memory, donations can be made to Hooves of Hope, Potomac, IL.
Published on August 18, 2017
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