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Agnes Virginia (Milcoff) Furlong passes away at age, 73

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Agnes Virginia (Milcoff) Furlong, 73, of Lady Lake, Florida, formerly of Chesterton, Indiana, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on January 27, 1946, in South Bend, Indiana, to Peter and Claire Marguerite (Holcomb) Rogers who preceded her in death.

Agnes is survived by her loving husband of 11 years, Manuel (Manny) Furlong; children, Rhonda (David) Williams of Chesterton, IN, Lynnette (David) Ryan of Peach Tree City, GA, and Michael (Barb) Milcoff of Noblesville, IN; Manny’s children, Art Furlong of Inverness, FL, Debbie (John) Creech of Portage, IN, and John (Jeanette) Furlong of Lake Station, IN; grandchildren, Suzanne, Jennifer, Katelynn, Elizabeth, Jackson, Michael, Artie, Nathan, April, Jessica, Hannah and Abigail; brothers, Jack (Maureen), James (Kay) and Tom (Vicky) Rogers; and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia attended St. Joseph High School in South Bend. She was a stay at home mom, managed Fashion Bug and Opportunity Enterprises resident homes, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She retired from Opportunity Enterprises as a licensed Massage Therapist, and established and implemented Relaxation and Massage Therapy programs for both the residents and the employees. She and Manny enjoyed traveling and sightseeing in the RV, managing the National Park Service Campground, cruising the Bahamas and retiring and moving to Lady Lake, Florida. Virginia valued her family and friends. She was often found helping orchestrate family gatherings, taking extended family vacations with Tom, Skip and Jack, visiting with Nana and families, and volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader. She enjoyed selling crafts with Marge, leading drumming classes, visiting the beach with Nancy, meeting the Red Hats with Charlotte and meeting Bridgette for a piece of pie. In her leisure time she was joining the Mug Club, catching up with longtime friends, Donnie and Sheila, creating ceramic treasures, gardening, enjoying nature, spending time with the grandkids or relaxing with their furry friend, “Pepper Dog.” Family and friends were at the center of it all. She loved angels and was given the name “Angel Face” by her grandmother. Virginia never had an unkind word to say, was a tower of strength and led by example. She is loved by many and will be greatly missed by those who knew her.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date through the Portage United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences to the family, please visit


Posted 11/25/2019




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