MERIDEN - Virginia S. Birch, 89, formerly of 26 Flower St., died Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehab in Mansfield, CT. She was the wife of the late Kenneth E. Birch. Born in Buffalo, NY on Sept. 15, 1914, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Charlotte Lyman Spencer. She was a graduate of Meriden High School and was employed by the Meriden Board of Education for 21 years, most recently at Platt High School. She was a past president of the Educational Secretaries Association of Meriden, past president of the Rosemalers' Society of New England and past secretary of the Meriden Arts and Crafts Association. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Meriden and the Federated Women's Club of Meriden. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Dean Reilein of Mansfield Center, CT; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Peter A. and Barbara Birch of Richmond, VA, James S. Birch of Bethel, CT and Mark E. and Lynda Birch of Haddam, CT; eight grandchildren, Susan Reilein Hill of Tucson, AZ, Amy Reilein of Palo Alto, CA, Alan Reilein of Killeen, TX, William Reilein of Kauai, Hawaii, Barry Birch of Hackensack, NJ, Julie Birch of Highlands Ranch, CO, Heather Birch Linnhoff of Bethel, CT and Emily Birch Grillo of Plymouth, MA.; and three great-grandchildren, Grace Reilein of Hawaii and Julianne Hill and Jeffrey Hill, both of Tucson, AZ. Mrs. Birch was predeceased by a brother, Richard Spencer. The funeral will be held Friday, March 5, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. The Rev. Dr. John W. Clarke will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Camp Claire, c/o First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06451, Arts and Crafts Association of Meriden, c/o Gallery 53, 53 Colony St., Meriden, CT 0645l, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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  1. Virginia Birch was a gracious, brave, and intelligent lady who I got to know when I helped my husband in her beautiful garden on Flower Street. It was a previledge to spend time with her. My condolences to her family.

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