Virginia Peters Birchenough
Belfast — Virginia Peters Birchenough, 92, passed away on Dec. 26, 2012. She was a resident of Belfast since 2005, before that she resided in Slingerlands, N.Y. from 1945 to 2005. Born in Bloomfield, N.J., Oct. 30, 1920, daughter of Mabel and Clyde Chamberlin. Her father, a chemist/inventor, was a pioneer in the production of Bakelite, the precursor to modern day plastics.
She was the widow of the late Irving H. Peters and Robert H. Birchenough, she is survived by five children Susan C. Blanchard, Whittier, Calif., Jeffrey S. Peters, Belfast, Steven E. Peters, San Mateo, Calif., Christopher S. Peters, East Lansing, Mich., Bruce K. Peters, North Hollywood, Calif., and two stepsons Dr. Robert H. Birchenough, Cleverdale, N.Y., and David Birchenough, Nelson N.H. Twelve grandchildren — Meredith Torres, Patrick Cariaga, Brendan Cariaga, Rachel Conley, Mark Peters, Clayton Peters, Rosamond Peters, Natasha Peters, Kendra Peters, Caroline Peters, Samuel Peters, Charlie Peters. Three step grandchildren — Pamela Kilpadi, John Birchenough and Sandra Rabeno. Seven great-grandchildren — Sarah Conley, Elizabeth Conley, Katherine Conley, Zoe Peters, Mia Torres, Ellie Torres and Angus Mitchell. Six step great-grandchildren — Ryan Kilpadi, Joseph Rabeno, Emily Rabeno, Sara Rabeno, Leo Birchenough and Annalee Birchenough.
She graduated from Syracuse University in 1941, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude; while there she was selected as Freshman Beauty Queen by Walter Winchell and was also a cheerleader. Graduated as a Medical Technologist from Buffalo General Hospital in 1942. Received an M.A. in Elementary Education from Russell Sage College in 1965. Taught in Bethlehem (New York) schools as a reading teacher, retiring in 1986.
Den Mother for a Cub Scout troop, former member of The Junior League of Albany and The Women’s Council of The Albany Institute of History and Art. She was a member of The Slingerlands Community Methodist Church and The Garden Study Club of Albany, N.Y.
Her remains to be buried at Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, N.Y., and Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, gifts to: The Nursing Scholarship Fund at Waldo County General Hospital (in loving memory of Virginia Peters Birchenough) P.O. Box 287 Belfast, Maine, 04915, (207) 338-2500 or visit www.wcgh.org.