Virginia A. "Ginny" Snow

  • Born: September 30, 1925
  • Died: April 25, 2020
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute toVirginia by adding your memories.

Virginia Alice "Ginny" Snow passed away at the Rosewood Nursing Home in Peabody on Saturday, April 25, 2020. She was 94 years old. Virginia lived at Rosewood for the past four years where she welcomed a constant stream of visitors; forged deep friendships with fellow residents including the late Catherine George; was surrounded by a loving and compassionate staff including Diane, Cathy, Mercedes, Cesar, Julie, Sue, Paula, Shana and the entire Activities Team; and her special friend Ariana.

Virginia was born in Amesbury on September 30, 1925, to the late Joseph Warren Snow and Agnes Sarah Cummings. She was a resident of Stoneham for over 60 years. The matriarch of the Connors family, her energy, style and positivity radiated throughout her life. Virginia was a strong person with a deep sense of gratitude who always made life fun. She was thoughtful and kind and held her faith and her family above all.

Before raising her family, Virginia worked at New England Telephone. Later in life, she returned to work and was, for over 20 years, the voice of Alpha Industries (now Skyworks Solutions) where she worked as switchboard operator and receptionist.

Later in life, she volunteered at Winchester Hospital, greeting patients and visitors and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Virginia loved spending time with her grandchildren; together, they spent countless afternoons at Lake Quannapowitt, watching movies and visiting the North Shore Music Theatre. She never missed sporting events, school plays, graduations or trick or treating with the kids on Halloween. Virginia loved to travel and enjoyed many trips with friends and family. Always active, she was an avid golfer and walker and kept a gym membership through her 90th birthday.

Virginia was a woman of deep faith and was a member of St. Patrick's Parish for much of her life and later of St. Joseph's Parish in Wakefield.

She was most proud of her family, remarking, "of everything I've done in my life, raising a wonderful family like mine is one of the things I'm proudest of," adding, "if I never accomplish anything else at all, I will still look at the special caring people [they] all are and know that I have done something wonderful for this world."

She was the sister to the late Francis, Dorothy, Carrie, Mary, Ann, John, Joseph and Charles. She was the loving mother of Susan Connors and her late husband Werner Gumpertz of Newton, Nancy Perrone and her husband Vincent of Stoneham, John Connors and Amy Scarborough of Gloucester, Marsha Lawless and her husband Joseph of Lynnfield, Jennifer and Dick Suech of Atkinson, NH. Virginia was the adoring grandmother ("Nannie") of Jessica, Courtney, Kyle, Jacqueline Snow, John Patrick, Katherine and Connor. She was the great-grandmother ("Nannie") of Tyler, Dylan and Tommy. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines, a private memorial service was held on Friday for family members. A funeral Mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Virginia's memory to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston (637 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02135, https://www.csjboston.org/).

Please send the family a card, drop a card at the funeral home for the family or send a message of condolence on the Virginia's webpage.


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear of Virginias passing. She was a wonderful woman,very kind. My sympathy to her family.

Posted by Michelle Marchione Souther - Lynn, MA - Friend   May 28, 2020

Dear Cousins, You have shared a beautiful written and digital memory of your Mom, my Aunt Ginny. She came in 1962 to Delaware to be with my father, John, as he was passing. I remember her smile and warm hugs as she comforted us. Glad to see that she enjoyed a loving life with her children and grandchildren. Please take comfort in knowing we always have had warm thoughts of Aunt Ginny. Jerry Snow

Posted by Gerard Snow - Arlington, VA - Family   May 24, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family, and may Virginia rest in peace.

Posted by john W leccese leccese - Stoneham, MA, MA   May 04, 2020

John,

Hearing about your loss has deeply saddened me, but I know that this is far from what you are going through right now. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family.

Rick Casey

Posted by Rick Casey - Franklin, MA - Friend   May 04, 2020

To the whole Connors Family,
So sorry for your loss, My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love.
Linda C. Cerretani

Posted by Linda Cerretani - MA - Family Friend   May 03, 2020

Nancy & Vin,
So very sorry for the loss of your mom. May your happy memories of time spent with her provide you comfort in the days and years ahead. I remember her as a very cheerful person who enjoyed spending time with her family. May she rest in peace. Hugs and prayers for both of you and your family.
With love, Fran Smith

Posted by Fran Smith - HENDERSON, NV - family   May 03, 2020

"Nan (and all)...I grieve the loss of your Mom. She was a Wonderful Person! Thank you so much for the video. It was lovely! I know that your Mom and your whole family has had such a positive effect on my life. I thank you all. --Annette Theroux

Posted by Annette Theroux - Honolulu, HI - Neighbor   May 03, 2020

Ginny's smile did light up the room. Ginny had the kindest heart and gave off the most loving presence. Ginny was so caring to our Nana Phyllis and Grampy Al. Such a compassionate, empathetic, and sincere woman with a beautiful heart. Thank you Ginny for always being so thoughtful and kind. You also gave off such a positive light. You are loved so dearly by your precious family. I loved hearing about you raising your wonderful family and how proud you were of that. May God bless you Ginny and your family. I'm so glad you had those wonderful years of your life to touch others. You will be greatly missed. I Love you.
Felicia and family

Posted by Felicia Dela Cruz - Malden, MA - Family   May 03, 2020

I miss u already mom. I will see u tomorrow at your new home. Love u nancy

Posted by Nancy Perrone - Stoneham, MA   May 01, 2020

So very sorry for your loss
Prayers for your family

Posted by Michelle and Bill Perry - Stoneham, MA - Friend   May 01, 2020

Being greeted every morning by her beautiful smile, made the day much brighter. Ginny was loved by all. Can still hear her voice over the intercom.
May you rest in peace sweet lady.

Posted by Beverly Peluso - Wilmington, MA   May 01, 2020

I remember her with great fondness. She was kind and very glamorous!

Posted by Joan Van Vranken - Wilmington, MA   May 01, 2020

Dear Nancy,Sue,Masha,Jen and to the entire family of Ginny,
I remember your Mom so well from Alpha Ind 1984. It seems like it was yesterday. The first day I went into fill out application she was wearing a kelly green pant suit with a scarf and jewelry to complete the outfit. She was friendly and kind to me from the start. I know she will be missed and it is the saddest time to loose a loved one but I believe she is in a better place and will watch over you all.
Sending love , prayers and hugs to you all xo Love Brenda

Posted by Brenda Cordeau - melrose, MA - Friend   May 01, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful woman. Her presence brought joy & even now a smile as I think of her. Her legacy will live on thru her wonderful children & grandchildren. I had the pleasure of getting to know her & some of them while working @ Rosewood. I remember commenting on the natural good looks she obviously passed on to her children, not an ugly one in the whole lot & then her responding inside & out! And that was true. I had to figure out almost by myself, mmmm who paid for this residents haircut, who supplied another w all the candy another resident took so much joy from as he gave some out after each meal. I walked into another residents room to find Saint Susan & Saint Marsha redecorating her room, hanging shelves so the resident had easier access to her many scarfs. I remember after almost every lunch one of the daughter would sit with her in the lobby & almost always making sure another resident was invited. One of my fondest memori!
es of Virginia & her family was when Marsha brought music into the dining room to be enjoyed by her mom & all. There was a woman who did not smile much but when she played some Greek music she was so happy! I remember watching a resident walk into the dining room slowly with her walker but then break out into dance! I was afraid for her but so happy! I will miss them all so much. Sometimes Virginia would say when leaving the dining room "see you later alligator" we would try to keep it going, in a while crocodile! I so admired the peace she seemed to exuberate just knowing she was loved & cared for by her family.
A life that touches others goes on forever.

Posted by Susan Beaulieu    May 01, 2020

I received the news that your mother passed away. My condolences to you and your family, as you know she was loved by me and all the other members of the nursing home. Please know that she's in a better place. It was a real pleasure to have taken care or her along you and your family. Please know that as a family and daughters you guys did a wonderful job.
Sincerely,
Cesar Carrero

Posted by Cesar Carrero - Friend   April 30, 2020

I'm so grateful I go to spend time with Ginny over Thanksgiving. She always loved and appreciated special times at family parties! She had a huge presence, typically surrounded by her beautiful grandchildren, her children and close family friends! And she had great style and interest in everyone! I loved that she used her gym membership all these years (that's true dedication), golfed and formed countless friendships with so many! She loved and was truly loved! Blessings to all of Ginnys friends and family. She will be missed.

Posted by Jen Finnegan - Marblehead, MA - Family   April 30, 2020

Ginnie was the voice and the presence that made Alpha Industries a classy place to work.Her voice & smile brightened the lobby & she was loved by everyone. She welcomed me to Woburn & taught me lots of insider things.The world is shedding a tear for losing her beautiful spirit.Well done Ginnie, Rest in Peace.

Posted by Judith Bielecki - Raymond, NH - Coworker   April 29, 2020

I was heartbroken when I heard of Virginia's passing. I will miss her daily visits to the lobby (my "office") after lunch with any one of her wonderful daughters or grandchildren. I will also miss her sweet smile and her compliments on my many pairs of shoes. She could also be quite funny and would sometimes lack a filter on some of her comments which would make Marsha practically turn inside out in embarrassment. I appreciated some of those unfiltered comments to the point of laughing too hard to answer the phone. I truly loved Virginia as well as her girls and will miss you all. Rest in Peace sweet lady and God bless your beautiful family. XO

Paula DelloRusso

Posted by Paula DelloRusso - Family Friend   April 29, 2020

I met Ginny last Christmas. She was a joy... very spry and full of spirit. She has a wonderful family...her children and grandchildren are her living legacy...a credit to Ginny's enduring role model as a loving mother...grandmother...human being.
May God Bless Ginny

Posted by Sten Anderson - Melrose - Family Friend   April 28, 2020

So very sorry to hear about Virginia's passing. She was one in a million. Always, fun and caring of others. She was so creative with her projects with me, she really had fun doing creative things. Virginia was very lucky, to have such a caring and loving family always there for her, and others at Rosewood. That is such a tribute to Virginia as a person. We all appreciated the Virginia we grew to love over the years. She will be missed by so many. Always grateful ,Denise Carye Activities Rosewood

Posted by denise carye - lynnfield, MA - Friend   April 28, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of Ginny's passing.
Ginny's smile always lit the lobby of Alpha Industries. One of the kindest people that I've had the pleasure of knowing.
RIP Ginny....

Posted by Ted Croce    April 27, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.

Posted by John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   April 27, 2020


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Life Stories

The four of us, Joe, Ginny, Barb and me, all went on a Caribbean cruise in 1969 (our first cruise). In Antigua we hired a taxi to take us to the beach. There were cabanas there for changing into bathing suits. I think it was after we had been in the water that we went back to the cabanas to change. Something happened to Ginny's cabana. Anyway she got stuck in it and could open the door to get out. It took about five minutes for her to get out. Of course, she was mad. But I am sure she got a big laugh out of it in the end. Other cruises were more smooth, especially those when we were a lot older. Fred