NORTH ATTLEBORO – Virginia M. Vigorito, 91, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Madonna Manor Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Michael A. Vigorito, Jr. for nearly 64 years until his death in 2012.
Born May 18, 1926 in Redlands, CA, she was the daughter of the late W. Ernest and Ruby (Burton) Bliek.
Throughout most of her childhood, she lived at the Town Almshouse on Mt. Hope Street (now the Burns Arboretum) where her parents were employed by the Town of North Attleboro as caretakers. The town “poor farm” provided shelter, food and employment for those unable to manage during the Great Depression. These years had a profound impact on Virginia for the remainder of her life.
Virginia was a lifelong resident of North Attleboro and a 1943 graduate of North Attleboro High School. She also attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Ginnie worked alongside her husband and other family members for over 30 years at M.A. Vigorito & Son clothing store in downtown North Attleboro.
She is survived by six sons and their spouses: Dr. James M. Vigorito and wife Patricia of Mountain View, HI, Dr. Michael A. Vigorito and wife Margaret of North Attleboro, John Kerry Vigorito and wife Patricia of North Attleboro, Timothy L. Vigorito and wife Jill of Attleboro, Brendan L. Vigorito and wife Laurie of Roanoke, VA and Todd C. Vigorito and wife Nancy of North Attleboro; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was the sister of the late Alan W. and John B. Bliek.
Ginnie was a talented artist and enjoyed painting, pastels and crafts. Her handmade cards were a special addition to any occasion. She also cherished time spent with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
As the mother of six sons, her nurturing skills served her well. She inspired artistic creativity in everyone she met, and she loved to be shown the latest creations in art from her children, grand children and great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, June 15 from 5-8 p.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, June 16 at 11 a.m. Burial will be held privately at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Attleboro Falls at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Lenore’s Pantry, 43 South Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760 or the North Attleboro Scholarship Foundation, PO BOX 926, North Attleboro, MA 02761.