Virginia Fern Metzger

1925 - 2019

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Virginia Fern Metzger, 94, took the hand of her precious Lord and went to her Heavenly home on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Virginia was born July 20, 1925 to the late Eugene L. and Lela G. (Hartman) Marvin. The Marvin family lived in 9 different homes in Hancock County throughout her younger years, which was during the depression. And even through the loss of her mother when she was only 12 years of age, the Marvin siblings remained close and still hold a family reunion each year. Virginia was preceded in death by her brothers: Clare and Wendell; and sisters: Alice (Dulgar) and Annabel (Daugherty). She is survived by brothers: Ralph and Gerald; and sisters: Kathryn (Wise), Gertrude (Gingrich), and Carolyn (St. James). She married her high school sweetheart, John T. Metzger, whom she met in the 7th grade at Arcadia School. They were married on April 26, 1947 and celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in 2018 before his death in November. "Should you go first and I remain, One thing I'd have you do: Walk slowly down that long, lone path, For soon I'll follow you. I'll want to know each step you take, That I may walk the same, For some day down that lonely road, You'll hear me call your name." They are the parents of seven children: Janet (Bob) Damschroder, J. Charles “Chuck" (Rose), Merritt (Joyce), Melissa (Mike) Houck, Dean (Erma), Lela (Stan) Doty, and Elaine (John) Nye. They are grandparents of 26 grandchildren, and the great-grandparents of 29 (plus 2 on the way) great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Ilene L. Hoy, and a brother-in-law, Mark R. Metzger. John and Virginia graduated in 1943 and celebrated their 75th High School class reunion in May, 2018. She was a member of the West Independence United Methodist Church, where she served in various ministries and currently the Women of Worth missionary group. Her greatest joy was serving her Lord Jesus and her family. "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done." Visitation will be held on Monday, October 28 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm at West Independence United Methodist Church Family Life Center. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00am at the church on Tuesday, October 29 with visitation for one hour (10:00-11:00am) prior to the service. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, West Independence. Arrangements have been entrusted to COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay, OH. Memorials may be made to West Independence United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    West Independence United Methodist Church [Map]
    22876 US 224
    West Independence, Ohio 44830
    Monday, October 28th 2019 2:00 - 4:00 PM & 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Tuesday, October 29th 2019 10:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Tuesday, October 29th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    West Independence United Methodist Church [Map]
    22876 US 224
    West Independence, Ohio

  • Final Resting Place:

    Union Cemetery [Map]

    West Independence, Ohio

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To : Metzger Family
Date :Monday, October 21st 2019
From : Nancy and Bill Recker
We want to express our deepest sympathy for loss of mother,grandmother, and friend. What a lucky family to have your mother all these years. She was such a wonderful example of a loving mother.

To : Metzger family
Date :Monday, October 21st 2019
From : Mark and Marietta Mason
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. You have lots of great memories to carry you. Aunt Virginia was a great role model.

To : Virginia Metzger Family
Date :Wednesday, October 23rd 2019
From : Bette Ellen Beth Leslie Ferrell Sisters
We are so sorry for the loss of Virginia by your family. But so wonderful that she and John got to share over 70 years of life together here and now will be together again. What a great example for all of us. So sad when the matriarch of the family has passed and leaves that in our generations hands now. But a celebration of life and joy that we know she has given to your family. May you all find comfort in knowing she is in good hands now. And our deepest sympathies to you and all your family.

Bette Gerschutz
Ellen McKee
Beth Dahms
Leslie Dudics

To : Kyle Metzger and Family
Date :Friday, October 25th 2019
From : Meat Friends
Metzger Family,

We send our love and support to you in this time of loss, and lift your family up in our prayers during this difficult time.


Huntington Meat Friends

To : Entire Metzger family
Date :Sunday, October 27th 2019
From : Pamela Sue Marvin Lim
You all have my thoughts and prayers. Sorry that I can't be there to be with you in your time of grief. Just remembering Aunt Virginia and Uncle John's love for everyone. Thinking of the reunion the two of them are having in heaven fills my heart with joy. Love to all of you!!