McClelland, 98, of Butler, passed peacefully on
Saturday October, 26, 2019 Sunnyview Nursing and
She was born, January 14, 1921 in Sheridan, PA, to
the late Daniel Staiger and Juliana Flora (Klein)
Virginia graduated from Slippery Rock High School in
1940. Her earliest aspiration was to be a
professional singer, although that dream was
interrupted by WWII. She briefly attended business
school in Pittsburgh, then lived and worked for a
short time in Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
during the war. She spent the rest of her life in
Virginia never stopped loving music and singing. She
was a member of Nixon United Methodist Church and an
active participant in the choir. She was creative
and very active throughout her entire life. Most
summers, even into her early 90’s, she worked
picking berries at local farms. She loved birds and
nature and taking long walks. She was an avid reader
and she kept a life-long journal having written
poetry and short stories. Virginia loved to cook and
bake. She helped make quilts for fundraising
projects at her church. She loved traveling and was
always ready for a new adventure. Her cheerful smile
and the life-loving twinkle in her eyes remained.
Her motto: “I haven’t ever done that; let’s go!”
She is survived by her brother, Hugh Klein Staiger
of Palmyra, VA, her son Michael Thomas Ahner of
Colorado Springs, CO, two grandsons, Michael R.
Ahner and Brian Christianson, both of Michigan,
several step-children, and numerous nieces, nephews,
grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.
In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in
death by her first husband, Luther Nathaniel Ahner
in 1986, her second husband, Gardiner Eugene
McClelland in 2000, her brothers, Merle Dale Staiger
and John Daniel Staiger.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Thompson-Miller Funeral
Home, 124 E. North St., Butler, PA 16001.
A Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the
Funeral Home with Reverend WiIliam Gilligan,
Burial will be at Greenlawn Burial Estates.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to,
Nixon United Methodist Church, 334 Airport Rd,
Butler, PA 16002 or the Butler Area Public Library,
218 N McKean St, Butler, PA 16001.