FISHKILL – Virginia “GiGi” Ruggiero, a Fishkill resident since 1985, passed away at the Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. She was 80.
Daughter of the late William and Genevieve (Clune) Sammon, she was born in Peekskill on July 25, 1940. Virginia worked for the Carmel Central School District at Matthew Patterson Elementary School, where she taught third grade. She retired in 1998.
Virginia was a parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill and former trustee at the Blodgett Memorial Library. She enjoyed playing Mahjong, practiced Tai Chi, and loved books & reading. An avid traveler, she explored the world with her friends. More than anything else, Virginia cherished spending time with her granddaughters.
She is survived by her daughter, Jeanmarie Richards of Pine Plains; her son, Anthony “T.J.” Ruggiero & his wife Christina Spano-Ruggiero of Fishkill; her granddaughters, Amelia and Ava Ruggiero of Fishkill; and many other loving relatives & friends.
Virginia was predeceased by her mother, Genevieve Sammon, on June 17, 1965, and her father, William Sammon, on April 15, 1970.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 17 at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19 at St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 106 Jackson Street, Fishkill. Interment will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Cortlandt.
PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with NYS guidelines, social distancing and face masks will be required and capacity may be limited. All attendees should be prepared for potential extended waiting periods. For those who cannot attend, the Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the funeral home’s website BY CLICKING HERE
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Blodgett Memorial Library, 37 Broad Street, Fishkill, NY 12524.
For online tributes and livestream access, you can visit Virginia’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.