VIRGINIA R. CURRO, age 100, was the beloved sister of Laura Marie Lipari and the late Thomas A. Curro the dear aunt of John Lipari, Charles Lipari and Tom Lipari (Gail) of Corona Ca., Vivian Lipari of Cincinnati, OH and Myriam Mayshark of Bemus Point, NY and she is also survived by her beloved grand-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be held Saturday February 17th at 11 AM in The Church of St. Dominic, 19000 Van Aken Blvd., (at Norwood Rd.) Shaker Hts., OH 44122 WHERE FRIENDS MAY CALL ONE-HALF HOUR PRIOR TO THE MASS.
Interment Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, OH
This loving message was read at the service:
"Aunt Virginia's Funeral
I regret that I could not be here with all of you today to celebrate the extraordinary life of my Great Aunt Virginia. Just as much as we mourn her passing, we are forced to stop and acknowledge what a truly wonderful person she was and how fortunate we are to have been able to spend the time in her presence that we have. She was one of the few people in my life with whom unconditional love flowed both ways since the day I arrived on this crazy planet. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to share that with her.
She was the kindest person I have ever met and a bastion of moral fortitude. There was no better person to look up to in order to understand kindness, generosity, and forgiveness among her many virtues, which she gently, but firmly tried to instill in us all. Tirelessly, she sacrificed in countless ways so many members of our family and her community and even people she had never met could have better lives. I owe her so much, and I know that I am not alone. Our family collectively and individually was saved by her countless times from serious problems.
She has been a glowing spirit, a guiding light for all and the way she has lived enriched every life she touched and the planet is a better place for her significant contributions. She interacted with the world and the people around her with dignity, always. As a hostess, she was without parallel. She was fastidious about making sure the proper spoon was expertly paired with the right cup and saucer. Aunty remained the perfect reminder of a bygone era when etiquette and proper fulfillment of social roles were more prevalent in interpersonal relationships.
We all suffer; suffering is a central tenant of life. And in more than 100 years, aunty had her share; she handled it with grace. As the years passed, her suffering increased as the physical ailments multiplied. As much as it was a joy to be around her and a pleasure to be able to help her after all she had done for me and other people I love, It was sad to see her in pain and at times fighting to breathe, to live. That being said, she was the pluckiest octogenarian, nonagenarian, and centenarian ever to live (along with her sister, of course). As difficult as it is to lose her, I am pleased that she has been released from the chains of her physical body and suffers no more.
Thanks to the tremendous efforts of my mother and Aunt Vivian, Grandmother and Aunty remained together, with family surrounding them, for their golden (and diamond) years. That is where the two of them will remain indelibly, forever. They are a legendary pair.
I will miss her dearly, but forever, like all of us, I will carry her in my heart, knowing that without her in my life, I would be less. She will live on in the rich memories she left behind and for that I will be forever stronger and forever grateful. So let us not forget one of her finest lessons: that family is of the utmost importance and we are always together, even when time and space temporarily hold us apart."