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Obituary for Virginia Ann Porter (Schomp)

Virginia Ann Porter, 83, formerly of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on Tuesday, January 30th, 2024, at Sunnyside Manor in Wall, NJ. 

Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Virginia was raised in Westfield, NJ and graduated from Westfield High School in 1958. She moved to Point Pleasant Beach in 1960 with her husband, Thomas Porter, where they raised their eight children together. They moved to Southern Pines, North Carolina in 2008, where she lived for 16 years until returning to Sunnyside Manor in September 2023, a little less than two years after the passing of her husband, Thomas. Virginia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.

Virginia was the portrait of kindness, generosity, and patience. An active member of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, she was a fiercely loyal follower of her faith. She believed it was important to give back where you can, understanding that to serve others was to enrich the soul. With this philosophy, she, among others, was instrumental in creating the Cradle of Love to honor the Virgin Mother at St. Peter’s, she decorated the altar for Christmas each year, established a community Christmas Tree to place presents under for those less fortunate, and was a long standing member of the Rosary Altar Society. Virginia found solace in prayer and could often be found praying the rosary in devotion to Mary. Prayer, not criticism, was her method, her practice, and her strength.

 Virginia was a genuinely optimistic woman and looked for the good in each person. She taught her friends and family that kind acts are noble and necessary. An avid gardener, she showed her family and friends that anything can grow with love. Along with her enthusiasm for flowers she passed along her joy for playing cards. She taught her children and grandchildren the importance of patience, composure, and, regardless of circumstance, that everything would fall into place. Above all, she raised eight children and eleven grandchildren with dignity and grace, always responding with her natural gift of unconditional love.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Patrick Porter, her parents, Peter TenBroeck Schomp and Virginia Theresa Schomp, her sister, Mary Jane Sheena, and her granddaughter, Grace McCarthy. Virginia is survived by her daughters, Jill Herman (Thomas), Beth Gaddis (Leonard), Cynthia McCarthy, Amy Gabriel (Brian), Christy Millar (John), Alison Spencer (Douglas), Megan Porter, and her son, Thomas Porter. She also leaves behind her grandchildren Sean Herman (Katie), Catherine Herman, Christopher McCarthy (Amy Jo), Aedan Herman (Lindsay), Virginia McCarthy (fiancé Cody), Alice Gaddis, Ana Spencer, John Paul Spencer, Gabrielle Millar and Harry Millar. She also predeceases her great-grandchildren, Harper, Hayes, Sage, Cruz, and two others on the way. Of her sisters, Virginia leaves behind Vera Gordinier (Karl D. Jr.), Deborah Lovas, and Sarah Olsen. Virginia also leaves many beloved nieces, nephews, God children and cousins.

A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 4-7 PM at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road in Brick, NJ. A funeral Mass will be offered 11:30 AM on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at St. Peter’s RC Church, 406 Forman Ave in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.  The burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Brielle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Virginia’s memory to the Madonna House, 1401 7th Avenue, Neptune City, NJ 07753.  To send condolences directly to the family, please visit