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Virginia Y. Diehl

December 9, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Virginia Y. Diehl, 85, of Vienna, W.Va., died at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 7, 2012, at Charleston Memorial Hospital.

The daughter of Dr. George and Francis Yeckley, she was born Feb. 4, 1927, in Cresson, Pa.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Hood College in Frederick, Md., and was an elementary school teacher first in Virginia and later at Rayon School in south Parkersburg. She continued to substitute teach for several years after her retirement. Virginia was a longtime member of the Parkersburg Woman's Club, and served as the club's vice president. She was an eager volunteer at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, riding the boat to the island once a week each summer for years, and worked in the Blennerhassett Museum in downtown Parkersburg. She enjoyed traveling from Alaska to Europe. She was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, serving on many of its committees and groups.

She was married to Philip B. Diehl, who died in 1980.

She is survived by four sons, Phil (and Megan) of Carlsbad, Calif.; Jon (and Kathy) of Vienna, Dan (and Joy) of Avondale Estates, Ga., and Matt of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren, Tesily and Emerson Diehl of Carlsbad and Erin Diehl of Avondale Estates; and her brother, Dick Yeckley of Birmingham, Ala.

The funeral service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday.

The family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting



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