Published: January 20, 2009
Virginia W. Van Doren, 92, died suddenly at home on January 12. Born in Riverside, N.J., she was raised in South Jersey. She was employed by General Motors in the payroll department before leaving to start her family.
After her four children were grown, she returned to work as an antiques dealer at the Tomato Factory Antiques Center. She worked there for more than 28 years, eventually managing the group of dealers in the center. She was known for her booth specializing in primitive kitchen items and including granite ware.
She was the daughter of the Edwin Whitcraft and Mary Sacco, sister of the late Harold Whitcraft and Ruth Kimble. She is survived by her husband, Robert Van Doren; and her children, Phillip Van Doren and his wife Rosemary of Hopewell Township, Mark Van Doren of Richmond, Va., Catherine Hepburn and her husband, David, of Hopewell and John Van Doren of Stockton; brothers Earl Whitcraft of Maryland and Phillip Sacco of Oregon; her grandchildren, Phillip Van Doren and his wife, Elis; Rebecca Woodring and her husband, Scott; Matthew Hepburn; Andrew Hepburn and Callie Van Doren; and her two great-grand-children, Scott and Zachary Woodring.
There will be no calling hours with a private memorial (family only) to celebrate her life, which will be conducted at a future date.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cromwell-Immordino memorial Home, Hopewell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Virginia’s name be made to a local animal shelter or to donors’ favorite charity.