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Virginia Mitchell Magnanti

October 29, 2022

Virginia (Ginny) Mitchell Magnanti, 86 passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at home with her family at her side.

She was born December 22, 1935 in Canastota, the daughter of Frank and Mary Verno Mitchell. She graduated from Canastota High School, and St Elizabeth School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. Virginia was united in marriage to Louis Magnanti February 9, 1957 in St. Agatha’s Church, Canastota. Their 65th anniversary was celebrated earlier this year.

In the early years, Virginia worked as Registered Nurse in the office of Dr. Brown. After her girls were all in school, she found her true passion as an RN at Rome Hospital, where she cared for the community’s newborn babies in the Nursery for more than 25 years. After retirement, she occasionally worked in the offices of Rome Pediatric Group.

Virginia was humble, compassionate, and a model of grace and dignity. She was devoted to her husband, as well as her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who affectionately called her “GIGI”. She was accomplished at many things in addition to her nursing career. Frequently, she could be found in her lounge chair knitting and crocheting while watching the Yankees, SU, or golf on TV. In addition, she enjoyed the time spent playing mahjong with her Florida friends, and the yearly journey to Atlantic City for the Miss America Pageant with Selma, Alice, Roz, and Anna. She also loved reading, bingo, feeding and taking care of those around her. She will forever be remembered as making the best meatballs in town. She was an expert navigator, and you’d be lucky to have her as your co-captain on any road trip.

Virginia is survived by her husband of 65 years, Louis; her three daughters, Marylou (Ross) Maracchion, Laurie (Steve) Cronin, and Lynne Williams; her grandchildren, Laura (Mark) Surace, Cara, (Tommie) Wojdyla, Molly Cronin, Tom and Maggie Williams; great-grandchildren, Penelope, Natalie, and Marco Surace; her brother, Michael (Andi) Mitchell), sisters, Rosemary Witte, and Frances (Jim) Weber, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Mark Williams and her brother-in-law, Jerry Witte, along with her husband’s eight siblings and their spouses.

This family wishes to sincerely thank the caring and compassionate team of Hospice nurses and caregivers, whose support was truly appreciated.

Funeral services will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 12 pm at St. John the Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio as celebrant. The family will receive visitors at the church from 10:30 until 12 pm. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bottini Funeral Home, 120 W. Embargo St.

In lieu of flowers or food, Memorial contributions may be made online to the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate (, or by mail to: Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, PO Box 658, Monroe, NY 10949-0658.

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