|Virginia Ruth Caleca, 87, 983 Dayton Court, Galesburg, died at 7:15 AM Monday, October 12, 2009 in Seminary Manor.
Virginia Ruth Tracy was born December 30, 1921 in Galesburg, the daughter of Floyd and Ruth Brewer Tracy.
She lived in Kirksville, MO while her father earned his degree of Osteopathy. The family moved to Bloomington and returned to Galesburg, where Virginia started the fourth grade in the new Bateman School. She went to Hitchcock Junior High School and graduated from Galesburg High School in 1939. She went on to graduate from Knox College in 1943, where she belonged to Delta Zeta Sorority and sang in the Knox College Choir. Virginia went to St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, graduating with honors in 1946. She served as an assistant science instructor at St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing for 3 years, at which time she married Vito A. Caleca on June 11, 1949. They moved to Champaign-Urbana, where Vito attended and graduated from the University of Illinois while Virginia worked in Medical and Surgical Nursing.
Vito and Virginia lived in Newark, OH, Champaign, and Springfield, IL before settling in Downers Grove, IL, where they lived for 23 years. Virginia returned to Galesburg after Vito passed away on March 23, 1987. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Surviving is a son, Victor Jay (and Linda), a grandson, James, and a granddaughter, Annie, all of Fishers, IN. Also surviving is a sister, Martha Dunn of Galesburg, nephews, Bill (and Diana) Tracy, Mark Dunn, and Glen Raymond, all of Galesburg, and nieces, Susan Van Kirk of Monmouth and Diane Raymond of Wataga. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Doug Tracy, and nephew, Vernon Lee Dunn.
Funeral will be 11:00 AM Saturday October 17, 2009 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. The Rev. David Parker will officiate. Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 AM Saturday at the chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, FISH Food Pantry, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.