Virginia M. Witney 78, Lititz antique dealer, teacher

By on November 7, 2012

Virginia Marie (Luther) Witney, 78, of Lititz, formerly from Pittsburgh, passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 28, 2012 surrounded by family.

She was born Oct. 20, 1934 in West Homestead and was the daughter of the late William E. and Virginia (West) Luther and adored wife of Richard P. Witney.

Virginia was a graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in education and taught in the North Hills School District of Allegheny County and Alcoa, Tenn. At Duquesne, she was a member of the Alpha Phi Omicron-Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, the Red Masquers and was president of the Catholic Student Association. She was a past president of the Peters Township School Board and served on the board for 13 years and was a strong proponent of the arts in education. She was also a past president of the South Hills Area School Districts Association (SHASDA) and served as Washington County Legislative chairman for the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA).

She was a local antique dealer, exhibiting her antiques at shops and shows in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, most recently in Lititz.

She was the devoted mother of Beth, wife of Chet Jack, of Pittsburgh; Bruce, husband of Keumme Witney, of Pleasanton, Calif.; Douglas, husband of Amy Amy Witney, of Blacksburg, Va.; and Brian Witney, of Tucson, Ariz.; loving grandmother of Nathan Cunningham, Anthony Jack, Chester Jack, Alex Witney and Anna Witney; sister of June, wife of Leo Cardosi; and Ruth, wife of Al Ardinger; and William, husband of Ruby Luther. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass was celebrated in the Duquesne University Chapel, Pittsburgh, Nov. 5.

If desired, the family suggests memorials may be made to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or to Duquesne University Chapel, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory. For more information, visit

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