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Joan McLatchie Schilling

September 30, 1925 ~ May 3, 2017 (age 91)


Passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 3, 2017 in Fairfax, VA.  Survived by her children Wally (Kathy) Schilling of Melbourne, FL; Suzi (Rick) Smethurst of Williamsburg, VA; Laura (Scott) Gerke of Vienna, as well as 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  Predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Walter; sister, Lois; daughter-in-law Corie; and granddaughter, Karisse. 

Born September 30, 1925 in Cleveland, graduated with a degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin where she met Walter. They moved to Annandale in 1959 and raised their children.  Joan was an active community volunteer and a Fairfax County librarian.  Her legacy is her kind and gracious manner and a love of books—creating a family of readers—along with a love of the theater and arts.  World traveler with Walter, they visited every continent.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be on Saturday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Garden Ridge Community Room within Greenspring Village Retirement Community in Springfield.  In lieu of flowers, consider donating to Joan’s favorite charities, Doctors Without Borders or Central Union Mission.  Guestbook at



 Service Information

Celebration of Life
June 10, 2017

10:30 AM
Greenspring: Garden Ridge Community Room
7470 Spring Village Drive
Springfield, VA 22150

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