SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 12, 2013

Virginia Alan (Wentworth) Herzog, 93


Winchester, MA — Virginia Alan (Wentworth) Herzog died at her home Monday, December 9, 2013, after a lengthy illness. Wife of the late Leslie J. Herzog Sr., she was 93 years old. She was predeceased by husbands, John A. Lynch and Samuel Hall. She was born in Peabody, Mass., to the late Charles H. and Ruth (Munroe) Wentworth. She had been a resident of Winchester, Mass., for 39 years. Prior to that, she had been a resident of Peabody, Mass.

She graduated from Peabody High School in 1937. During World War II, she worked at the Sylvania Company in Danvers and Salem, Mass. After the war she went on to work for Peggy Newton Cosmetics Company. In 1957 she joined the Metropolitan Insurance Company as one of the first female insurance agents in the country. During her career with Metropolitan, she won a number of awards. She retired in 1982. She and her husband owned and operated a number of antique shops throughout New England and she continued with this business until her death. She was also involved with and chaired several committees with The American Heart Association.

She is survived by her sons, John P. (Phil) Lynch of Mill Valley, Calif., and Brendan Lynch and his wife, Christine, of North Dighton, Mass.; granddaughters, Kathryn (Christopher) O’Neil of Attleboro, Mass., Mary (Alan) Caswell of North Dighton, Mass.; and great-grandsons, Daniel O’Neil and Henry Caswell. She is also survived by stepchildren, John C. Herzog of Stoneham, Mass., Leslie J. Herzog and Mary Ellen (Frank) Batchelor of Winchester, Mass.; six step-grandchildren, including Wendy Herzog Linnehan, Frank Batchelor, and Richard Batchelor; and several step-great-grandchildren. She was also predeceased by stepson, Richard Herzog and one step-granddaughter, Lisa Herzog.

She was the sister of the late Clara (Wahtera) Hobey of New Hampshire and Galen Wentworth of Danvers, Mass. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Jean Wentworth, four nieces, five nephews and a number of cousins and friends.

Calling hours have been omitted. A graveside memorial service will be held in January at a date to be determined. Funeral arrangements are being arranged by the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home of North Attleboro, Mass. Donations in Virginia’s memory may be made to The American Heart Association, www.heart.org.