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Virginia Joyce Opalio

April 9, 1931 - January 9, 2018

Virginia Joyce Opalio, 86, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years Ennio Opalio. She is survived by her daughters Kim King (Stephen), Renee Brown (David), and Michele Carter (Brett). Six grandchildren Bartley King, M.H. King, Virginia King, Jennifer Ackley (Buster), Stephanie Ackley, and Michael Schmidt. A brother Robert Schneider (Janet) and a sister Marilyn Head.

Virginia was born in New York City where she met and married her husband, Ennio. They moved to Virginia in 1956 where they began their life together.

Virginia was very independent and had a fiery spirit. Virginia had a beautiful soprano voice which she shared as soloist at her church for many years. She was a member of the Virginia Beach Civic Chorus and Little Theatre. She had a lifelong passion for knowledge and enjoyed a good debate. Virginia was active in local politics, even making a run for City Council. For several years, she volunteered with AARP Tax Aides providing free tax preparation at the Central Library. She was a self-taught seamstress, gourmet cook, sculptor, and painter. Virginia had a green thumb and was devoted to her garden. She was an avid golfer in her time, loved to bowl, play tennis and badminton. Virginia passed on to her girls her passion for gardening, cooking, music, and the arts.

The family would like to express our thanks to the staff of Parson’s Residential Care and Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater for their dedicated and loving care. Burial will be private at the family plot in Queens, New York.

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