Virginia M. Hardesty, 76, passed away surrounded by her family at home Aug. 10, 2009, after a lengthy illness.

She was born Jan. 18, 1933, at home in Coshocton to George V. and Agnes C. (Hiser) Roahrig.

Virginia grew up in Coshocton and graduated from Sacred Heart School in 1951.

Virginia was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed listening to her husband Max play music and singing. She loved being with family, friends, crocheting, cooking, canning, camping and traveling with Max across the U.S.

She married to Max E. Hardesty on Nov. 12, 1953, at the Sacred Heart Rectory in Coshocton. After marrying Max, she lived in Fresno/Progressive Valley, S.C., and Florida before moving back to Newcomerstown.

Six surviving children of Max and Virginia are Mark S. (Penny) Hardesty, Duane D. (Clenda) Hardesty, George W. (Susie) Hardesty, Maxine Branstetter (Roger McNeal), Kaye Lynn (Mark) Andrews and JoLea Cognion, all of Coshocton County; 16 grandchildren, Barb (Harry) Fluhart, Cheryl (Jim) Morris, Georgia (Scott) Shivers, Devin, Drew and Tory Hardesty, Fred, Melissa and Rachel Umstott, Todd (Alissa) Hardesty, Amber Mercer, Ryan and Kyle Andrews, Milena Cognion and Michael and Garry Cognion; 15 great-grandchildren; and brother, Walter "Rocky" (Susie) Roahrig of Coshocton.

Proceeding in her death were brothers, Greydon, Leland and Kenny Roahrig; one infant daughter, Camilla M. Hardesty; and one granddaughter, Alana Branstetter.

Due to declining health Virginia was a resident of Lafayette Pointe in West Lafayette. She was brought home where she lived her last two weeks surrounded by family and friends. She was assisted at home by her loving family, Heartfelt Home Care and close family friend Angie Shepard.

Although Virginia had Alzheimer's disease, it did not take all of her memories. She was very loving, caring and always smiling and hugging everyone she came in contact with until the end.

In lieu of flowers, donate in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association, Sacred Heart Church or the American Cancer Society. Max and Virginia are both survivors of colon cancer. There will be a memorial mass at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at the Sacred Heart Church in Coshocton.