Virginia W. Ogle

August 27, 2020 Mendenhall, PA

Virginia W. Ogle, 81, of Mendenhall, Pennsylvania, died August 27, 2020 at her home. Born in 1939 in West Chester and raised on the family farm in Mendenhall, Virginia was the daughter of the late Robert and Ruth (nee Way) Woodward. She was a gardener, world-traveling bird watcher, and true foodie who avidly supported local farms and loved all flavors of ice cream (and kept most of them on hand).

Virginia was a respected craftswoman who owned and operated Wagon House Cabinetmaking and Hardwood Lumber in Mendenhall for many years, and the furniture she made is cherished by all who are fortunate enough to own one of her pieces.

She and her late husband, James, supported a variety of progressive causes. Many people, including family, friends, and even strangers, benefited from their kindness and generosity. An active volunteer, Virginia worked at the local library and she monitored eastern bluebird boxes for Longwood Gardens and local landowners for many years.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband James, son David Pender, stepson Peter Ogle, and her parents. She is survived by two sisters, Ellen Eberhard of Colorado and Ruth Woodward-Krebs of Pennsylvania, two stepsons, Alex Ogle of Vermont and Chuck (Lisa) Ogle of Arkansas, a stepdaughter-in-law, Rachel Winslow of Pennsylvania, David’s father John Pender, 4 nieces and nephews, 10 step grandchildren, and 12 step great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Virginia’s name may be made to the Kennett Library, 216 E. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Memorial Donations

Kennett Library

216 E. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348.


  1. I have fond memories of my Aunt Jeannie, and I keep a bachelor’s chest that she made for me in my home. I always admired her craftsmanship, and her sense of adventure. Costa Rica was a fantastic trip and I am glad I took it with her. I’m sad that her Woodward family was more distant than either of us would have liked, soon enough we will all be reunited. -Jacob Eberhard

    Jay Eberhard | October 25, 2020 at 7:54 PM
  2. Gramma Jeannie was one of the neatest women I’ve known. I lived with her and Grampa Jim for a bit before college and truly enjoyed getting to know her. Will miss her and Grampa both – Tascha Ogle

    Tascha | October 22, 2020 at 2:54 PM

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