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Rosellen Hoffman Via
Rosellen Hoffman Via

Rosellen Hoffman Via, of Williamsburg, died Monday, April 20, 2015, at the age of 93.

She was the daughter of Rose Harman and Allan R. Hoffman and the loving wife of G. Guy Via Jr. for 62 years until his death in 2006.

She is survived by her son, Gilbert Guy Via III and his wife, Donna of Williamsburg, a grandson Guy Via IV of Newport News and by Jamie and Mark Radtke, their children Abigail, Sarah and Luke and by Mark and Juliet Brown and their son Jack, all of Richmond. She also leaves her daughter, Sally V. Matthews of Houston, Texas and her husband Larkin and their children Elizabeth and Seann Duffin and son James; Catherine and Andrew Washington and son Connor, all of Houston; and Jack and Marla Matthews and son Jackson of Tyler, Texas. Other survivors are her sister, Mrs. W. Walter Eames, her loving niece, Charlotte and husband Oliver Banks, all of Raleigh, North Carolina and two nephews, Allan Hoffman and wife Dawn and Howard Hoffman and wife Elizabeth.

Mrs. Via was salutatorian of the class of 1938 at Newport News High School and graduated from Westhampton College of University of Richmond. Following graduation, she was employed at the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, forerunner of NASA, at Langley Field.

Mrs. Via was a founder and charter member of the Hampton Roads Service League, which later became the Junior League of Hampton Roads, serving as its president from 1957 to 1959. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads School of Speech and was past president of the Hampton Roads Garden Club.

A lifelong Christian, Mrs. Via was a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church and a former member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Newport News where she served more than 32 years as chairman of its Altar Committee. She was also a member of the local board of the Institute of Commercial & Industrial Ministries.

Following a private burial, a celebration of Mrs. Via’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at the sanctuary of Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, led by the Rev. Seann Duffin.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy be made to Williamsburg United Methodist Church; Williamsburg Landing Employees’ Benevolent Fund, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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