Obituary: Virginia Wightman

Virginia M. (Wiedenhoef) Wightman, 95, of Denver, Colo., died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. A visitation was from 4:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at Newcomer Funeral Home, in Aurora, Co. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15 at the funeral home, followed by burial at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, in Colorado Springs, Colo. To send condolences or leave a special message for the family, visit In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colorado Springs Senior Center (

Virginia was born April 1, 1920, in Henry County, the daughter of Lane and Mabelle (Sten) Wiedenhoeft. She married Richard I. Wightman on Nov. 25, 1945, in Illinois.

She grew up in Geneseo, graduating from Geneseo Township High School in 1938. She worked for a time in Chicago, and met Richard at a USO meeting before he departed for service in World War II. They were married after his return. They resided in Cincinnati, Ohio; Denver, Colo.; Heart Mountain, Wyo.; and Billings, Mont.; before settling in Colorado Springs, where she lived for 58 years before moving to Denver in 2013.

In Colorado Springs, Virginia was a charter member of Faith United Presbyterian Church, which she and her family attended for years. She as active in, and held a number of offices in, the Civil Engineers Wives’ Club at Ent Air Force Base. In later years, she was very active in the Colorado Springs Senior Center, where she made porcelain dolls, caned chairs, stitched hardänger and greatly enjoyed the Wednesday Crafters’ Club. Se loved to travel and learned to snorkel in Hawaii at age 85. She was a devoted wife and mother.

She is survived by three children, Robert Wightman, of Sevierville, Tenn.; Diane Adams, of Auburn, Calif.; and Cynthia (Del) Rhoadarmer, of Denver, Colo.; She also is survived by eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her parents; her brothers, Wallace and Roland Wiedenhoeft; and her sister, Ruth Johnson.

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