Virginia F. Toohey, a homemaker and former volunteer, died Monday of heart failure at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson. She was 96.
The daughter of a Crown Cork and Seal Co. vice president and a homemaker, the former Virginia Marie Fusting was born in Baltimore and raised on Falls Road Terrace.
She was a 1934 graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1938 from what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University.
In 1940, she married Jerome F. Toohey, a mechanical engineer who later became president of Dixie Manufacturing Co.
For years, the couple resided on St. Albans Way in Homeland. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and served on the board of Monsignor Clare O'Dwyer CYO Retreat House in Sparks. She also was an auxiliary member of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
After the death of her husband in 1983, Mrs. Toohey moved to the Oakhampton Community in Lutherville. For the past 13 years, she lived at Blakehurst, where she served on numerous committees.
She was a former communicant of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Roman Catholic Church in Timonium, where she had served as a Eucharistic minister to shut-ins.
Mrs. Toohey enjoyed entertaining family and friends and a good hand of bridge.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville.
Mrs. Toohey is survived by two sons, Jerome F. "Jeff" Toohey and Richard D. Toohey, both of Timonium; three daughters, Carol T. O'Hara of Towson, Mary Claire Toohey and Anne T. Scornavacca, both of Timonium; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.