Cleaver, Virginia D.
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Virginia D. Cleaver, beloved wife of James P. Cleaver, passed away on April 19, 2014 from complications related to pancreatic cancer at the age of 77. A long-time resident of New Canaan and Darien, CT and most recently Naples, FL, Ginny was born in Forty Fort, PA on January 23, 1937. She graduated from Rosemont College in 1958 and remained an active alumnus. Ginny married the love of her life, Jim, on August 29, 1959 and they shared 54 years together. A longtime member of St. Thomas More Church in Darien, CT and St. Williams Parish in Naples, FL, she was a devout and giving Catholic. As a recovered alcoholic with over 20 years of sobriety, Ginny carried the message to countless women to help in their own recovery. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Judith and her husband Richard Catanese of Trumbull, CT, her daughter Susan and her husband Matthew Valenti of New Canaan, CT, her son James and his wife Kelly Cleaver of Glenwood Springs, CO and her daughter Ellen and her husband Paul Bargstedt of Amsterdam, NY. Ginny was a loving grandmother to her nine grandchildren: Jake, Amy and Emma Catanese, Maggie and Callie Valenti, Jimmy and Alice Cleaver and Megan and Annie Bargstedt. She will be remembered fondly by both family and friends for her quick wit and wealth of wisdom.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the evening at Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien, CT.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Thomas More Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien, CT. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, in Darien.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in memorial for Ginny to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, 238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606, (203) 416-1316 or at www.ccfairfield.org. www.lawrencefuneralhome.com
Edward Lawrence Funeral Home
2119 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
Published in Darien News from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2014