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Virginia I. Licardo, 88

JULY 17, 1923-SEPT. 24, 2011

September 28, 2011

Virginia I. Paris Licardo, 88, of Enfield, Conn., beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, Sept. 24, with loving family at her side in Boston, Mass.

Born in Amsterdam, N.Y., on July 17, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Jonas (John) and Katherine Adamaitis Paris (Puras), who emigrated here from Lithuania. She was educated in Amsterdam schools.

She worked in the finishing room at Mohawk Carpets and later, during World War II, was employed by the General Electric Company. As with many women during the war era, Virginia eagerly filled in the jobs that were traditionally male-oriented. Her position then transferred to the Naval Supply Depot in Scotia.

She was a parishioner of St. Casimir's Roman Catholic Church and sang in its choir. Following her move to Enfield in 1963, she was a member of the Holy Family Church. As a devout Roman Catholic, she also was a member of the Miraculous Medal association. Virginia was blessed with a talent for playing the piano that in later years enabled her to teach young people to play. She continued until the end of her life to bring that joy to young and old alike.

On July 5, 1953, she was united in marriage to John J. Licardo. He passed away on July 19, 1982, after 29 years of marriage. They were blessed with two children and three grandchildren who survive, son, Eugene J. Licardo of Boston, Mass.; daughter, Sandra Licardo Lankford and her husband, Wilmer, of Fairplay, Md.; grandchildren, Sarah Jeanne Lankford Sprecher and her husband, Kevin; John Paul and Levi Travis Lankford. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Services are Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, N.Y., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church. Interment will follow in St. Michael's Cemetery, Amsterdam. Calling hours are Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in her name to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, in care of the funeral home office, Amsterdam, NY 12010. Please visit her family's online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.

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