Virginia Bozarth, 98

Virginia Pearl Bozarth, 98, formerly of Wabash and Roann,  died at 1 pm, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester. 

She was born on Jan. 18, 1923, in Urbana, to Jesse D. and Velma Edith (Amber) Devers.

Virginia was a 1941 graduate of Urbana High School, a 1944 graduate of Manchester College, and received her Masters in Library Science from Ball State University. She married Alvin Herman Bozarth Jr in Urbana on Jan. 20, 1946; he died March 22, 2017.

Virginia taught business 23 years and was a longtime librarian, both at Northfield High School and was the librarian at the Roann Public Library. She also was the bookkeeper for Sheriff Howard Tomson and Larry Rice, was the organist at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service several years, and also volunteered at the Wabash County Hospital. She was a former member of Olive Branch Church of God, and a current member of the Roann United Methodist Church where she also played the organ.

Virginia was a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, the Wabash County Retired Teachers Association, the Ladies Nite Out Club, and the Roann Matrons Club.

She is survived by three children, Stanley (Judy) Bozarth of Fort Wayne,  Debra DeMarco of Belvidere, Ill., and Bradley (Jodie) Bozarth of Wabash; 13 grandchildren, Barbra (Jon) Simpson of Mundelein, Ill., Greg (Libby) Bozarth of Westfield,  Angela Snow of Chicago, Ill., Jay (Jonnie) DeMarco of Montgomery, Ill., Courtney (William) Smyser of Noblesville,  Keeley (Michael) Abbott of Wabash, Blake Bozarth of Indianapolis,  Sam (Jan) DeMarco of Arlington Heights, Ill., Joe (Deya) DeMarco of Elmhurst, Ill., John (Amanda) DeMarco of San Antonio, Texas, Gina (Jeremy ) Borowski of Lisle, Ill., Pat (Sylvia) DeMarco of Montgomery, Illinois, and Paul DeMarco of Plainfield, Ill.; 16 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, and grandson Sam Simmons.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Wayne Balmer officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Visitation was Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Roann Public Library.

The memorial guest book for Virginia may be signed at

Posted on 2021 Aug 24