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Virginia Molden (Molden) Colignon

October 1, 1923 ~ December 21, 2018 (age 95)

Virginia Molden Colignon died peacefully on December 21, 2018 and is now embracing her new adventures in heaven. She was 95 years old. A long-time French teacher at Chagrin Falls High School, she was born on October 1, 1923 in Canton, Ohio.

She was the daughter of Harry and Irene (Burns) Molden, both deceased, of Garrettsville, Ohio. Virginia graduated from Lehman High School in Canton, earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1945 and obtained an M.A. from Western Reserve University in 1964.  With a love for Europe, especially France, she would sail to the continent numerous times including on the first ship to set sail following World War II.  Virginia worked for General Electric as a co-editor from 1950-1955. Then she enjoyed an expedition in the Amazon jungle before returning to work for Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations firm. She went on to be a teacher of French in Aurora, Ohio and, then, as a Jennings scholar, taught French at Chagrin Falls High School from 1965-1985. 

Virginia enjoyed being a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity, the Junior League of Canton, Ohio, the Ninety-Nines (Women’s Pilot Association) and as a parishioner at St. Martin’s Church in Chagrin Falls. 

Virginia is survived by her nieces, Susan Rose (Richard), Kathleen Molden Reese (Jon), and Erin Molden Howard (Larry) as well as her nephews, Douglas Molden (Colleen), Craig Molden (Patricia) and Michael Molden.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Colignon, and by her brothers, John Robert Molden and Theodore Molden.

Burial rites will be held at Harrington Cemetery in Garrettsville, Ohio in the near future. You may sign our guest book at: www.stroudlawrence.com.

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