GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - Virginia M. Saccomanno was born to Anthony and Nicolena Corsetti in Dawson, N.M. on June 11, 1918, the second oldest of five children.
The family moved to Carbonville where she suffered the loss of her mother at age 11 followed by the deaths of her step-mother, baby brother and father by the age of 17. With the love and support of the Sisters of Charity at Notre Dame School in Price she survived all this and graduated with her class from high school.
Virginia "Ginny" met and married Geno Saccomanno, a college student from Spring Glen, a neighboring community, in 1938. She worked to support him throughout his college years at the University of Utah and St. Louis University. Their first daughter, Carol Ann, was born while in St. Louis, Mo.
Dr. Geno Saccomanno became the first Pathologist at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., in 1948. Virginia and Geno celebrated the birth of twin girls, Linda Marie and Lenna Marie, in 1949.
Ginny was an avid golfer with trophies attesting to her skill. She achieved a Life Master designation in duplicate bridge, an accomplishment of which she was most proud. She was actively involved in her church as a member of the choir, Altar and Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters.
Over the years, Geno and Ginny campaigned for the formation and growth of the Grand Junction Symphony and supported the growth and development of Mesa State College. Ginny supported Geno in his love for St. Mary's Hospital and was both a charter member of St. Mary's Hospital Medical Auxillary and a member of Friends of St. Mary's. She involved herself in the community in both large and small endeavors. One of the small groups to which she actively belonged right to the end was the Friday Book Club. "Actively" did not necessarily mean reading the book in preparation, but rather, cherishing the kindness and friendship of the members.
Ginny and Geno loved the Grand Junction community and were noted for their philanthropy. One example of their love and generosity toward the citizens of Mesa County, Colo., and Carbon County is the Saccomanno Higher Education Foundation, which they started in 1992 to assist students in financial need to fulfill their desire for a college education. To date, the Foundation has granted 5080 scholarships totaling over $8,800,000.
Ginny had a great love of her faith and a special devotion to the Blessed Mother, Mary. For years she assumed responsibility for refilling the votive candle stands at the Marian shrine in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. She would "visit" with Mary while going about her work and finish by grasping the statue's outstretched hand and saying "thanks for listening". She never forgot the kindness shown her as a child by the Sisters and she and Geno returned the favor by donating the land on which Holy Family Catholic School and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church now stand. The generosity of Ginny and Geno toward the Diocese of Pueblo over their lifetime was recognized by the late Pope John Paul II.
Ginny was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Caroline Mabrito, Anna Rose Pasetto, Sammy Corsetti and infant Richard Corsetti and her husband, Geno.
She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Bob) Murphy, Lenna (Steve) Watson, Linda (Steve) Siedow; grandchildren, Gena (John) Cooper, Thomas (Jennifer) Murphy, Nicole (Jamis) Darrow, Stephen and Michael Siedow, and great-grandchildren, Gavin and Parker Murphy and Emma and Sara Darrow.
A funeral service will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 2 p.m. Father Jim Plough and Father John Farley will concelebrate the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be sent to Holy Family Catholic School, 786 26 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, CO, 81506.