Virginia Bockno


Virginia Bockno passed away into eternal rest on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Born on March 19, 1927 in New York City, Virginia nee’ Blair was the daughter of Byron Blair and Martha Post Blair.  

Byron Blair was a WWI pilot whose twin brother Richard died at age 19 in active duty during the war. Martha Post Blair was a professional dancer and a member of the Ziegfeld Follies. During the Great Depression and post war years the Blairs traveled extensively and settled in Houston, Texas in the early 1950s.

In 1955 Virginia married Gregory C. Bockno in Houston, Texas. Gregory Bockno was a WWII navy veteran who obtained an engineering degree from Clarkson College, Buffalo, N.Y. under the GI Bill. In Houston, TX Gregory and Virginia gave birth to their eldest son Paul Gregory Bockno.  The Bockno family moved to Media, PA in Delaware county and raised three additional children: twin daughters, Laura and Linda, as well as youngest son, Peter. Gregory Bockno retired from FMC Corporation where he worked as a Chemical Patent Engineer and passed in 1990.

Upon the death of her husband Gregory, Virginia returned to Texas in 1995 to reside with her daughter Laura. Enjoying Texas so very much, she had many happy “golden years” with her daughter Laura and her husband Jeffrey Lynn West, and his children and grandchildren, and extended family.

Virginia Bockno is survived by her twin daughters, Laura Bockno West and Linda McGillin who resides in Swarthmore, PA with husband Brian McGillin and their three children Gregory, Kevin and Gabriella.

Virginia Bockno had a wide range of friends from all walks of life and her love, laughter and wit will be remembered by many. Enjoying the arts and music, Virginia Bockno also had a great passion for journal writing. She lived her life fully with a great compassion and as a champion of social justice. Virginia Bockno was a beloved friend of the Redwood Baptist Church family in San Marcos, Texas.

A Memorial Service will be held at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos, Texas at 4 p.m., on Friday, March 17, 2017. Reception following at Redwood Baptist Church, 2050 Poplar Street, San Marcos, Texas.

A Memorial Fund has been established in honor of Virginia Bockno’s memory. Gifts may be sent for Redwood Baptist Church, c/o Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche Street, San Marcos, Texas 78666.

Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311,



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