Virginia M. Preston, formerly of Itasca, Illinois, passed away on December 22, 2018 at her home near Houston, Texas.  She was born October 4, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the middle child of Elmer and Hazel (Weldon) Cato.  Itasca was Virginia's home for more than 60 years, and she was a teacher in the Itasca Public School District for over 30 years.  While teaching elementary grades, Virginia earned a Master's degree and finished her career as the reading specialist for the District.  Virginia moved to Texas in 2017 and lived independently near her daughter past her 92nd birthday.  She had many interests, especially reading and working puzzles, playing bridge, tending her garden, and cheering for the Cubs.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years (George L. Preston), daughter (Barbara Preston), parents, brother (Elmer Cato), and sister (Nancy Voss).  She is survived by her children Howard (Laurie) Preston and Caryn Preston; grandchildren Jeff (Dina) Preston, Laura Preston, and John (Carole) Stretton; great grandchildren Claire, Noah and Lilly Preston; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was especially close with her sister’s children (Carol Deger, Kimberly McDonald, Keith Voss, Kevin Voss), celebrating many holidays together.  Her former neighbors in Itasca were like family.

To celebrate Virginia’s life and to honor her lifelong love of reading, the Itasca Community Library has graciously allowed the family to host a reception at their facility, 500 W. Irving Park Rd., on February 2, 2019 from 2-4 pm. The family requests any donations be made to the Itasca Community Library in Virginia's honor.
Posted by Kathy Robinson on 11th February 2019
Howard and family - I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing (on the Itasca facebook page). She was such a good friend of my mother's (Myrtha Robinson) - they taught together in Itasca and enjoyed each other's friendship for many years. My mom passed in 2013, at the age of 89. We miss her lots and know you will miss your mom too. But, at least they both lived good, contributing and long lives! Blessings in your memories!!
Posted by Sharyn Boller-Chrysokos on 1st February 2019
Mrs.Preston was my 3rd Grade teacher, also a very close friend to my mother Caryl Boller as they were both teachers in the Itasca School District. She is a Itasca Icon !!!
Posted by E Lepoire on 25th January 2019
My deep sympathy to the Preston family. Mrs. Preston was an Itasca legend! She will be remembered always. Sincerely, Eileen Duncan- LePoire
Posted by Marie Zavoli on 25th January 2019
My deepest sympathy for the family of Virginia Preston. I worked at District 10 during the years that Virginia did. She had a sparkling personality from what I remember of her. Eternal rest, Virginia.
Posted by Caryn Preston on 20th January 2019
My dear sweet mother, while you had a long life, in the end you left this world so quickly that we barely had time to say goodbye. I will be forever grateful to you. You were a wonderful mother, wife, sister and friend. In your own quiet way, you were a role model. I hope that your friends, family, and former students leave a tribute or share a story here on this site.

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