Virginia Chirico

May 30, 1936 ‒ November 02, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

By blood, she was Calabrian. By citizenship, she was American. By faith, she was Catholic. True to her calling, she was a devoted wife and mother who leaves her grandchildren a legacy of compassion, and love. Virginia Chirico will be remembered for her sweet kind and giving heart, as the supportive one who was always there for everyone. She truly had a heart for her family, and the Lord.

Virginia passed into the Lord’s care Friday, November 2, 2018 from her Mansfield home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 82.

Born Virginia Sorrentino on May 30, 1936 in Mansfield to Nicholas and Rose (Galizzi) Sorrentino, she was graduated from St. Peter’s High School in 1955.

A lifelong member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, she served with the parish treasury guild, and will be well remembered for working 25 years as a cashier in the Mansfield Senior High School lunch room.

Virginia enjoyed painting and sewing, cooking and baking. Her spaghetti and lasagna were extraordinary! And she baked bread every week. Her pizzelle and “Grandma C” sugar cookies, along with her peanut butter pie, biscotti and cakes became a love language from her kitchen.

She loved family activities, including travel to Las Vegas, camping trips to Canada, a trip to Italy, and retirement time in Florida.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Rose (Don) Callahan of Mansfield, Tony (Ruth Ann) Chirico of Lexington, and Nicholas (Jackie) Chirico of Lewis Center; grandchildren Erica (Ryan) Mayersky, Marissa Watson, Felicia Chirico, Nicholas Chirico, Amanda Chirico and Anthony Chirico; sisters Nancy (Danny) Howard and Dolly McDonley, sisters-in-law Mary LaSusa and Amelia Miller, a brother-in-law Sam (Pat) Chirico; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Mariano Chirico in April of 2002. Also deceased are sisters Frances Comer, Janie Krausnick and Nancy Sorrentino.

The Chirico family will receive guests Monday, November 5, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Tuesday at 10 am in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, celebrated by the Very Rev. Father Gregory Hite. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to the Monsignor Dunn Foundation, may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Essayist and critic, William Hazlitt once wrote, “Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.” My cousin, Virginia, is solid evidence of that worthy fact. You will always be remembered for your kind and beautiful heart.

  • To the Chirico Family, I am saddened to hear of Virginia’s passing. It was my pleasure to have met Virginia. She lived across the hall from my parents and she always had a smile on her face along with a hello or wave when I visited them. She would sometimes sit down and visit with us in my parents’ room (as I always had their door open while I was there) I am so sorry for your loss and may she rest in peace…

  • Nick & Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. So difficult to lose a mother and grandmother. Prayers.

  • A wonderful woman who I got to know with my marriage to Diane Coner.
    She had a wonderful family and now she is with God and her husband

  • Aunt Virginia was such a kind loving gentle Aunt. She had a way of always making you feel so important to her and welcome in her home. I have many fond memories of my childhood and the wonderful family functions that we were so blessed to be a part of. Mary, Tony and Nick, I know her Loving spirit will live on forever in your hearts. You had an angel for a mother. God bless you and be with you in this sad time of loss.

  • Nick & Family,

    Thelton and I, want to extend our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. Losing a parent is one of the biggest losses that can be suffered by anyone. May you find God’s presence with you as you journey through the time of grief. Just know how much we love all of you.

  • Dear Mary and family,
    What a beautiful tribute to a precious lady ! Love and prayers for strength and peace in the days ahead .
    Love always,
    Karen and Brad Kuhns

  • As I sit here with my Mom reading her this obituary. I asked her if she would like to say something. To perhaps share a special time or anything at all. She looked over at me with tears in her eyes and said, “what words can I say? She was my cousin and I will forever love and miss her.”
    Later that night those words echoed in my mind as evidence of true family love. What real words can we say that would make a difference? We all share memories of those passed and it’s in those memories that give us the strength to cary on. So we can all be thankful for times well spent with one another. This is for certain!

  • Thinking of my cousins at this time of sadness . I have known my aunt Virginia my whole life and have so many great memories of her throughout my years . Will never forget our Walton lake days growing up and coming for all your birthday parties with her fabulous cake that she made. She always had the frosting on the insides . Best cakes ever . Uncle Mario and her 2.00 bills Christmas envelopes when I was younger . Many hugs to all of you through this difficult time . she was a wonderful person inside and out . I always consider her my aunt as family even though she married my uncle . I am sure she is at peace and have as many that love her up there , as to all of us that love her down here on earth . Many prayers to all of you . Very saddened.

  • Dear Tony,Nick, Mary, Ruth Ann, Jackie, Don – All –
    Saddened to hear of Aunt Virginia’s Passing. She was a wonderful and kind lady, with such a big heart. There’s nothing more precious of a family’s love and times and memories treasured that will last a lifetime. May the Lord look down over all of you at this time and always to help you get through the rough times, but smile as you remember and cherish all the good times. Hugs, thoughts and prayers to all of you!
    Cousin Debbie

  • Deepest sympathy on the passing of Virginia, aunt Virginia to me. I remember my brother Andy and I spent several days, maybe even a week, with Virginia and Mariano one summer. Tony and Nick had recently grown to adulthood and moved out, and I had the impression that Virginia missed having two rambunctious boys around so maybe we were brought in as surrogates for Tony and Nick! Anyway, she was very good to us. Cooked us tons of food, she let us ride your moped around the neighborhood. She always had a jug of that orange drink concentrate from Burger King and she would mix it up for us whenever we wanted. She will be missed!
    With love and sympathy, Alex Minard

  • Tony, Ruth Ann, and family,
    My deepest of condolences, for the loss of your mother, in- law, grandmother, aunt, and friend. I was going on to the website to see posting for my father, and know just how hard losing a parent can be. Know, that her memories will live on in you, and that her big heart will too, as you embrace each other in this sad time. God will see us through the darkest hours, until we can meet again, and see the glorious light as we all reunite.
    Our sincere condolences, God loves you and your family,
    Karen (fellow classmate at MVNU)

    • Karen,
      Thank you and I am sorry for your loss as well. Our memories brings comfort, but it is Jesus Christ that sustains us and that is who we need to put our hope in.

  • Dear Nick and Family,

    I am so so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. If there is anything that I can do please do not hesitate to ask. I will include her and your family in my prayers and ask for God’s blessings to ease the pain of your loss.

    Mark Bosnjak

  • Dear Nick, Jackie and entire Chirico family,
    We are so very sorry for your mother’s passing. Please know how much we love you and are praying for your family.
    with love,
    Steve, Nicole, Carsyn & Camryn Stobart

  • Nick and Family,

    Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. We will be praying for you guys. Let me know if you need anything.

    Tom Hayest

  • Tony and family we send our deepest sympathies and hugs to you. So very sorry for your loss. May god keep you in his loving arms during this difficult time.
    Danny and Pam (Poffenbaugh) Lauer

  • My condolence for all her family sorry for your loss she was a very nice lady and lovely we miss her