Life Story / Obituary
Virginia Marie Settler was a determined, hard working woman who spent her energy on family, career and those around her. She was a superb caregiver—skilled and patient over many years of raising children and nursing the elderly. As seriously as she took her work, Virginia knew how to have fun whether she was singing, dancing, cooking or traveling. She enjoyed life and lived it with dignity.
Virginia’s story began the year Charles Lindbergh made his historic transatlantic flight in 33.5 hours, spurring America’s can-do spirit that brought mass production of the automobile by Henry Ford. Jazz was hot, Vaudeville was going strong, and radio broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry showcased country, bluegrass, folk and gospel music.
Virginia Marie was born February 24, 1927 to Paul and Cora (Sommers) Lloyd in Muskegon, Michigan. She was the second of four children (siblings Paul Jr., Richard and Doris) growing up in Levering on the Lloyd family farm. The family moved back to Virginia’s birthplace when her father secured a job at Lakey Foundry in Muskegon and built their house on Evanston Avenue. Interestingly, he used lumber milled from logs that were recovered from the Muskegon River.
Already during her teen years, Virginia worked hard and asserted her skills. From baby-sitting to waiting tables, her income helped provide for the family. In high school, she took-up the guitar and played at square dances where her father was a caller. She eventually joined a country western band, and for several years she played with “Big Jim and the Rhythm Riders.” After graduating from Muskegon High School, Virginia studied at Muskegon Business College and was the personal caregiver for a Mrs. Hosler. At age 17, she had started working as a secretary for Teledyne Continental Motors and perhaps never anticipated it would be her long term employer. However, being the dedicated employee that she was, Virginia would work for the company for 45 years until her retirement on May 31, 1989.
It was while she was attending to Mrs. Hosler that Virginia began dating her son Robert. The two fell in love and were joined in marriage on March 10, 1945. They settled in Norton Shores and into Wood Avenue United Methodist Church. Their son Robert was born in 1953, and even though the marriage ended in the mid 1960s, the young boy was fortunate to have his parents remain friends.
In time, Virginia re-established a friendship with Richard Settler, a widower with a teenage son, Craig. They had known each other a long time before marrying on June 28, 1969. Virginia moved into his home on Barbara Street, where she would live for her remaining years.
In their life together, Richard and Virginia enjoyed camping in their motor home and traveling to such places as California, Mexico, Jamaica and Hawaii. For a number of years, they took their grandchildren on vacations with them, which delighted the grandparents as much as the children. As a couple, Virginia and Richard had the best of times when they went dancing at a variety of halls and clubs. They were so good that dancers around them would stop and watch when the two of them hit the floor. The activity was pure joy for Virginia, and throughout her life she never felt the need to smoke or drink to add to her fun.
At home, Virginia took pride in caring for her family. She was a wonderful cook who liked reading cookbooks and coming up with new recipes. One recipe remained the same and was always in demand—her banana nut bread. She spread the love around when she baked cookies and other treats for her children’s friends and classmates.
True to her character, Virginia cared for her mother in her final years and for Richard as his health declined. When he died in 2008, Virginia continued to live on her own, despite mounting health concerns. She battled kidney ailments and then bone cancer, but she didn’t let illness slow her down. Always very independent and resolute, Virginia continued doing yard work into her late 80s. She attended First Baptist church as long as she was able and took comfort in the company of her dogs Suzie and Tasha. Ginny also had a very close relationship with her sister-in-law Betty Lloyd. For many years the two of them called regularly and talked for hours.
Mrs. Virginia Marie Settler, age 89, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Friday, March 25, 2016. Her beloved dog, Suzie, journeyed to heaven a day before her.
Sons, Robert (Fimmy) Hosler of Ravenna, Craig (Nuala) Settler of MD; 16 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; sister, Doris Dunn of FL; brother, Richard (Shirley) Lloyd of AK; sisters-in-law, Betty Lloyd and Judy Carpenter of Muskegon; in-laws, Bob & Lillian Tafel of AZ and many nieces and nephews to whom she was very special. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard & brother, Paul Lloyd Jr. and brother-in-law, Henry "Bud" Carpenter.
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 11:00 am at the Clock Chapel - Muskegon with Rev. Curtis Freed officiating. Interment in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Thursday, one hour prior to the service at Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon.