Virginia May Glaser passed away at her home at 288 Harford Rd. on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at the age of 82.


Born March 30, 1927 in Elgin, IL, Virginia was the daughter of the late Lynn B. and Hattie (Bristol) Graves Sr.


Virginia led an active life and lived in many areas of the country. She was one of the very capable women assembling airplanes during WWII, and was an excellent draftsman. This led to her being promoted to Jr Engineer, the highest non-secretarial rank a woman had achieved at North America in Aviation at the time. She completed her undergraduate education at Douglass College with a degree in microbiology at the age of 48. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, had a great sense of humor, even in adversity, was a great cook, enjoyed reading mystery novels, and until her middle seventies, was actively engaged in antiquing as a dealer. When she could no longer heft furniture, she drove a pilot car escorting oversize loads in the Eastern US. Her kindness, generosity and courage are a lasting legacy she leaves to all who knew her.


In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, David Glaser, a daughter, Cheryl Dyer and a brother, Morris Graves.


She is survived by two sons, Robin (Ute) Dyer of Tampa, FL, Gregory (Cheryl) Glaser of Macungie, PA; two daughters, Holly (Mark) Glaser Silver of Portland, OR and Amy (Jarek Okulicz-Kozaryn) Glaser of Brooktondale, NY.  Virginia also leaves ten grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a brother Lynn B. Graves, Jr. of Madison, IL.


Those wishing to remember Virginia in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 E. King Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850 or the SPCA of Tompkins County, 640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850.


A graveside service, officiated by Mr. Jim Hodgson, will be held at 1pm on Friday, April 10, 2009 at Greensprings Natural Cemetery, Newfield, NY.


Arrangements have been entrusted to Lansing Funeral Home, 32 Auburn Rd., Lansing, NY.