Virginia M. Doebler, 92, of Mount Dora, Florida, was called home to Glory on Saturday, August 6, 2022. She was born on July 3, 1930, in Buffalo, New York to the late Robert B. and Eva (Gardei) Green. She grew up in North Tonawanda, New York and was a graduate of North Tonawanda High School. She attended Bryant and Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo and was employed as a secretary by the Wurlitzer Company, the (Wales) Strippit Company, and the University at Buffalo.
She married her high school sweetheart, Donald W. Doebler, in 1951, and the couple lived in North Tonawanda until 1980 when they relocated to the Orlando, Florida area. Don and Virginia built a successful business, Leisure Bay Industries, which manufactured and marketed spas and other recreational products in their chain of retail stores throughout the southeast. After retiring, they enjoyed many years traveling and entertaining. They also spent much of their time boating and were active members of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York.
Virginia was an avid reader and a daily crossword puzzler. She loved to play the piano, attend musical theater, and dine at restaurants, fine or otherwise, as long as they served Chardonnay. She was also a skilled duplicate bridge player, directing a popular Friday night game in North Tonawanda for many years. Over the course of her life, Virginia belonged to many Lutheran churches, but she always considered her spiritual home to be North Tonawanda’s St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Her grandfather was a founding member of St. Matthew and Virginia found great comfort in knowing that her final resting place would be in its cemetery. Above all, Virginia loved her life and the people who were part of it, and she will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Virginia was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Donald W. Doebler. She is survived by her son, David R. Doebler (Donna) of Atlanta; her daughter, Laura D. Saalmann (Terryl) of Mount Dora; five grandchildren, Andrew Doebler, Amanda Nelson (David), Catherine Dynes (Steven), Timothy Doebler, and Matthew Tully (Danielle); and six great grandchildren.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a funeral service on Friday, August 19 at 2:00 PM at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 875 Eggert Drive in North Tonawanda. The Rev. Blaine Jorg will officiate. Burial will be in St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 875 Eggert Drive, North Tonawanda, NY 14120, or to the Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary Street, Clayton, NY 13624.