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Obituary of Virginia Saxion, 100


Virginia Jane Packer Saxion was born Sunday, January 6, 1918 in Boggs Township and died at Centre Crest Sunday, August 12. She was the daughter of James Cleveland Packer and Ada Jane Watson Packer. Virginia was 100 years, 7 months, 6 days young. She is survived by a daughter Jane Saxion Borthwick and son-in-law John Frank Borthwick, a brother William Clark Packer, sisters Sara Faye Meckley, Ethel Louise Sager (Charlie Sager), Mary Lou Carlin and numerous nieces and nephews.

She grew up on a farm and helped her dad in the garden. When she started to school in a one room schoolhouse, the winters were cold, windy and snowy. Often her mother plodded through the snow to make a path for her and brothers and sisters to attend classes. No cars around
then - just a horse and buddy or horse and sleigh.

In 1932, at the age of 14 she went to Bellefonte and gained employment as a housekeeper for Newton and Adella Fink Spangler on High Street. It was on High Street that she met, courted, and married the love of her life, James Andrew Saxion, son of Charles and Ruth Viola Young Saxion.

She often went back to the farm to help her mother can fruits and vegetables and in the fall gave a helping hand with the butchering of hogs and making apple butter.

She worked in the foods department at Penn State for several years and part-time at Plumb’s Drug Store for a number of years with Ned Plumb and John Lukovich.

During their almost 60 years of marriage, Virginia devoted her time caring for her husband and daughter and maintaining an immaculate house. She was a great cook – nothing fancy, just good wholesome food. In 1994 she developed her own recipe for baked beans and prepared enough for 250 guests at the wedding of her great-nephew, Brett and wife Paula. She is well known for this feat among family and friends.

Virginia Jane Saxion has led an exemplary life. Her parents instilled in her good moral values and an excellent work ethic. Virginia was a “true lady” who could hold her head high and mingle with all persons of all walks of life.

Since July 2014 she had been in the excellent care of the staff at Centre Crest who have treated her with dignity and respect.

A public viewing will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 7-9 pm at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. An additional viewing will be held on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 10-11 am at Trinity United Methodist Church at 128 W. Howard Street, Bellefonte. Funeral services will immediately follow at the church at 11 am with Pastor Christopher Passante officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Bellefonte.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your choice: Centre Crest Nursing Home at 502 E. Howard Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823, Trinity United Methodist Church at 128 W. Howard Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823, Undine Fire Company (Volunteer) at 133 Bishop Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823, or Union Cemetery in c/o Paul Badger 445 E. Bishop Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823.

Name of Deceased

Virginia Saxion



Date of Death


Date of Birth


Funeral Home

Wetzler Funeral Home

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