Virginia Stiles Shepardson ’63

StilesVirginia Ruth (Stiles) Shepardson, 70, of Parsons Street, passed away Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at her home.

She was born in Northampton, and is the daughter of Gladys (Aquadro) Stiles of Easthampton and the late Howard D. Stiles.

Virginia graduated from the former Northampton School for Girls and received a bachelors degree from American International College in Springfield. She earned her master’s in education from Westfield State College plus 60 additional graduate credits.

Virginia was a longtime educator in the Westfield Public Schools, retiring in 2009 after 18 years at Juniper Park School. She was a devoted teacher who was known for her great sense of humor and an ability to connect with students. She was passionate about teaching and inspired a love of learning beyond the classroom, to her six grandchildren, who she adored.

Besides her mother, she leaves two daughters, Jennifer Brenes and her husband Brent of Easthampton, and Kathryn Carpenter and her husband John of Florence. She also leaves a sister Elizabeth and brother-in-law Wolfgang Neumann of Switzerland; her grandchildren Megan and Ryan Morissette, Amberlie and Kyle Brenes, and Jack and Grace Carpenter; nieces Juliana, Alexandra, Nathalie Neumann and Sarah Stiles; and nephew Ben Stiles.

Besides her father, she is predeceased by her brother Mark Stiles.

2 thoughts on “Virginia Stiles Shepardson ’63”

  1. Wow! All of that lively spirit so beautifully shared here…and some of us know it
    was all bundled up in that sweet and modestly proper Senior Norhampton pose.
    To her family, I am one of many who were fortunate to know Ginny;
    how blessed she was to have all of you, her dear family.
    Peace to you all now,
    and joyful memories
    as you are ready,
    Margaret Lee Moffett Doscher ’63

  2. I am very sorry to learn of Virginia`s passing. I remember her so well when at Northampton School for Girls. My most sincere condolences to all her family. I do remember my classmates so well and wish them the very best in all respects.
    Geraldine (Guatemala)

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