Virginia Mae Johnson Seib, 89, of Germantown Hills/Metamora, went home to be with her Savior on the evening of June 8, 2018 at her home in Snyder Village. Virginia was born on March 15, 1929, in Chicago, IL, to George and Mary Johnson. She married Richard W. Seib on August 28, 1948. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, her parents, and her younger sister, June. Virginia is survived by her three children and their spouses; Linda (Thom) Simpson of Germantown Hills, Patti (Corky) Schumacher of Pine, AZ, Ronald (Sally Wyzlic) of Waconia, MN, seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Schellenberg of Washington, IL, Tyler (Andrea) Simpson of Seattle, WA, Cassandra (Marc) Greaney of Payson, AZ, Emily Schumacher of Chicago, IL, Ryan Seib of Owensboro, KY, Rebecca (Fabian) Medrano of Jacksonville, FL, and Renee (Alex) Minnette of Evansville, IN, and thirteen great-grandchildren, Caleb, Joshua, Matthew, Megan, Emma, Natalie, and Jacob Schellenberg, Chloe, Olivia, and Lucy Simpson, Judah Medrano, and Padmae and Angelina Greaney.
We, as Virgina’s family, can tell you pages and pages about her. We could tell you about how she loved working on jigsaw puzzles (the more pieces the better), we could tell you of her time as the first female bus driver for Germantown Hills School District. We could tell you about her hilarious story of parallel parking during her first driving test. We could laughingly tell you about how she folded her plastic shopping bags, how she counted M&Ms so carefully into Dixie Cups so each of her grandkids got an equal amount. Or we could tell you about how her mind was an absolute vault and every single little piece of family history (names, dates, relationships, births, marriages, deaths) was all locked away in there—and then we could laugh and tell you about the convoluted connections and leaps and jumps it took to retrieve all of that information! We would definitely tell you about her affinity for Wheel of Fortune—it’s a good thing she never made it as a contestant, because she would have cleaned house! We could tell you all about how she flirted with Richard and gave her husband sassy looks as they danced around the living room for all to see, all the way up until his passing twelve years ago. We could tell you how this was the same husband who spotted her in the church choir all those years ago and immediately determined to make her his bride, even though she thought he was a troublemaker and gave him a wild chase. We would smile and tell you that long before there were smartphones or GPS, the Seib Tribe had you covered…if you were making the drive between Central IL and the cabin in Longville,MN she had these little notebooks that listed every mile marker and exit…with detailed information about all the services available at each of those exits. She had a smile that lit up her face, and she could laugh and laugh and laugh, long after the joke had faded.
But of everything that we could tell you about Virginia Seib, three pieces of information are important above all others. The first thing that we need to tell you is that Virginia loved Jesus, her Lord and Savior, above all else. She loved the words of her God and spent hours pouring over Scripture. Her whole life was about service to the Lord. She was a charter member, alongside her husband, of Faith Bible Church, now Faith Evangelical Free Church. She was also extremely active in the Longville Bible Chapel during her long summers in Minnesota. From a very early age, Virginia developed a deep faith in God, and that faith carried her through her whole life, coloring all she said and did. She and her husband instilled the same abiding faith and love for the Lord in their three children, and her legacy carries on to this day in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren, scattered to all corners of the country.
Leading us to the second most important thing we can share about Virginia. To her and Richard, family was everything. This conviction was played out day by day and decade by decade. She was a fierce prayer warrior, lifting her many family members up to the Lord individually on a daily basis. Every birthday, every accomplishment, every set back and trauma, every major milestone and every holiday was cause to join together as a family. We have celebrated as a family, mourned as a family, rejoiced and cried as a family. One person was sick or fell on hard times, we all pitched in. One person was building a house? We were allbuilding a house. One grandchild had a birthday, we ALL were there to sing and play silly games. And yet, they made certain that each person, young and old, all had a personal, individual relationship with Richard and Virginia. That in itself is another significant legacy of Virginia’s life. If you are part of the SeibTribe, which now includes Simpsons and Schumachers and Schellenbergs and Medranos and Minnettes and Greaneys, you are a family. Distance and time and geography do not change the fact that you are loved. You belong. And you have a huge network of people who will rejoice with you and celebrate with you and pray with you and cry with you at a moment’s notice.
The final legacy that Virginia left to all of us is a love of music. Music, music, music. Everywhere and every time. Singing and playing and listening. Virginia was an extremely gifted singer and piano player, and her family learned to love music from her. She and her husband served in music ministries in every church they ever attended. Her children and grandchildren and now some great grands all have a love for music. For Virginia, music was both praise and prayer, melodies were special, but the lyrics are what touches the heart. After she lost her husband, her greatest solace came as she sat at the piano, singing and playing and praising her Savior. Every family gathering had singalongs. And even if she didn’t like it or understand it, she made every effort to listen to the music her grandchildren liked, because she wanted nothing more than for her family to love Jesus, love each other, and love music. All the way up until a few weeks before her passing, she was singing in the gospel choir and playing the piano, serving the Lord in worship at Snyder Village.
So to know Virginia Mae Seib was to know her love of the Lord, her family, and music. These are the powerful and far-reaching legacies she has left behind. And we ask that you joyfully celebrate with us, not only a long and fruitful life of service and love, but also the knowledge that she is, even now, praising her Savior and reunited with her Richard for all eternity.
In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations can be made to Faith Evangelical Free Church, Metamora, IL or Longville Bible Chapel, Longville, MN. The family would especially like to thank Caring Hands, VITAS Hospice staff and Snyder Village for the help and loving care shown to our loved one.
Two of her favorite verses:
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.”
James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”