Virginia Hibbard Van Tyle

March 20, 2017

Virginia Hibbard Van Tyle, 93, of Frankfort, died March 20, 2017 at her home.  Born December 1, 1923 in Jackson twp near Manson, IN to Walter Alfred and Claire (Gray) Hibbard. She married William Harold Van Tyle on March 30, 1941 in Greencastle, IN.

Virginia was a 1941 graduate of Jackson Township Schools. While in high school she sang with a women’s trio, the HOH Trio, comprised of Virginia, her sister Betty and friend Betty Ohford, winning a talent contest that awarded them an on-air performance at WLS in Chicago. She grew up in Jackson twp and lived in Frankfort, Rossville and Monticello for 32 years before returning to Frankfort in 1984. While in Rossville she had a large vegetable garden and canned much of what she grew for family and friends. In Rossville she was den mother for a her son’s cub scout troop and was active in the First Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School; during this time she worked out of her home conducting interview-based research for the National Opinion Research Center affiliated with the University of Chicago.

Virginia was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Following the death of her parents she annually hosted her extended family’s holiday dinners for over 50 years. After raising their family, she and her husband enjoyed a number of European excursions and Caribbean cruising adventures. She enjoyed antiquing at local auctions. She was an active member of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Frankfort. She led Bible study groups in her home and was co-founder of Rainbow Haven, on the Board of Directors for Wesley Manor and was a member of Tri Kappa in Monticello.

Virginia greatly enjoyed being a grandmother to her two granddaughters, Rachel and Emily. Favorite pastimes included teaching them about country life by taking them to the annual Clinton County 4H fair, teaching them to cook and sew, and spending time with them.

The Van Tyle family would like to thank Ginnie and Tom Grosswiler, Pam Kirby and Promise Home Services and Connie Alexander of Guardian Angel Hospice Care for their loving care of our beloved mother and grandmother.

Visitation and Services

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 352 W. Clinton St., Frankfort, Indiana. The family will receive friends following the service in the church Fellowship Hall. Private family burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Clinton County Cancer Society, 241 S. Broadway St., Frankfort, IN 46041 the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, 3333 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208 or, the Clinton County Humane Society, P.O. Box 455, Frankfort, IN 46041, the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104, or a charity of your choosing.

Survived by:

Son: William Kent (wife Jeanne Hawkins) Van Tyle of Indianapolis, Granddaughters: Rachel Elizabeth Van Tyle of Indianapolis and Emily Kathleen Van Tyle of Valparaiso.

Preceded by:

her parents in 1962, her spouse of 70 years, William Harold Van Tyle, in 2011, her brother William Keith Hibbard in 1919 and her sister Betty Jean Freeland in 2001.


Leave your Condolences

8 Condolences for “Virginia Hibbard Van Tyle”

  1. Janet Zetzl March 22, 2017 at 11:13 am

    ” May the peace that surpasses all understanding be yours”. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Love. Jan and John.

  2. Karen and Buck March 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Wish we could be there. Buck very unsteady and balance poor right now. Love to all of you. Hope to see you in June.

  3. Cynthia Hibbard Beard March 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    So sorry to hear about this Kent,Jean & girls. The last of the greatest Hibbard generation is gone! She was a great lady, I had her as a patient at HV, really enjoyed “catching up” with her &family news.

  4. David Hibbard March 24, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Sorry to hear Virginia passing. I always enjoyed talking to Virginia about the Hibbard’s and about Louise and Claude. She always had words of wisdom. I always enjoyed hearing all the untold stories about the Hibbard family. She will be missed.

  5. Amy Zetzl March 24, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    It is always a sad time to lose a loved one, but it seems Virginia lived a rich and joyful life – she influenced many lives, and left a legacy of love for her family. Our prayers for you all that God’s grace and peace surround you in this time of loss. Much love, John, Amy, Kelsey & Madison

  6. Kenneth Cree March 25, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    She was my Den Mother when I was in Cub Scouts. I’m 75 now. She was a wonderful lady.

  7. Pamela Donaldson-Bishop – formerly Coen March 27, 2017 at 10:42 am

    So sorry to the family. Virginia was very dear to me when we lived in Indiana in the 80’s. We enjoyed bible study at her home often. Pamela Donaldson-Bishop

  8. Pat Shuler Haniford April 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Dear Kent,
    I want to offer my condolences. My mom also died at the same age. We were blessed to have them in our lives that long.

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