Virginia Hambsch

Volunteer, traveler

August 10, 2008|By Sumathi Reddy

Virginia Heritage Hambsch, a devout churchgoer and avid traveler, died of complications from a fall Tuesday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. She was 90.

Born Virginia Barefoot in Raleigh, N.C., she graduated from high school and married her first husband, Edwin H. Heritage, in 1936. The couple lived in North Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey before settling in Towson.

She worked as a secretary for the Army for several years during World War II and was a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

After the death of her husband, she married David E. Hambsch in 1960. Mr. Hambsch died last year, and Mrs. Hambsch moved to a retirement community in Prince William County, Va., in April.

Mrs. Hambsch was an active member of Rodgers Forge United Methodist Church and its women's group, said her daughter-in-law, Catherine Heritage of Manassas, Va. She enjoyed playing bridge and traveling.

"In her lifetime, she went on 16 different cruises to various places in the world," said Mrs. Heritage. "She really could strike up a conversation and friendship with anyone she met. She met people from all over the world that she developed friendships with."

A memorial service was held yesterday.

Mrs. Hambsch is survived by a son, Douglas E. Heritage; a sister, Laurie Harrison of Raleigh, N.C.; a half-sister, Nancy Hodge of California; and a granddaughter.

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