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Born in San Fernando, California, on September 7, 1927, to parents Guadalupe and Lorenzo Villegas, she was the oldest of 10 children. Virginia entered into Eternal Lif e on May 20, 2010, in Thousand Oaks, California. Virginia attended San Fernando Schools and graduated top of her class and was honored to be Valedictorian for her High School Class in 1945. She was married to her beloved Tony Lopez, her high school sweetheart, and had three children: Tom, Terry and Michael. Virginia was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Terry and son-in-law, Chris Vrakelos; daughter-in-law, Yolanda Lopez; grandchildren, Yvette Piscitelli (Sal ), Phil Lopez (Kristine), Nicole Longaker (Zac), Michelle and Anthony Vrakelos, and Tricia Redmond (Chance); and eight great grandchildren, Jack, Hope, Wyatt, Zaley, Rylee, Luna, Caden and Payton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony; and sons, Thomas and Michael. She lived most of her life in Sylmar, in the San Fernando Valley, until January 2009, when she moved to University Village in Thousand Oaks. Mrs. Lopez was associated with Valley Federal Savings and Loan, beginning as a teller in 1965 and served as a Manager and Vice President of the company until the 1980's. She was the first woman to work to this capacity by the company. Virginia worked at the Newhall, San Fernando and Van Nuys offices. She was a pioneer in her own right, breaking down barriers for future career women. She was past President of the San Fernando Business and Professional Women's Club for two terms 1971-72 and 1972-73; "Woman of the Year" in the San Fernando Club in 1972; and was named "Woman of Achievement" for Tri Val ley District 1973-74. Virginia served as the first woman President of the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce 1974-75, and later served also at the Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce, and was past President of the Soroptimist Club of the San Fernando Valley. She was appointed by Tom Bradley, Mayor of LA, in 1975 as Commissioner to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Through the years, because of her untiring concern for her community, she also served as a director on the board of Trustees at San Fernando Valley Co llege of Law, San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Clinic, as charter member of the President's Club of both Los Angeles Mission College and Los Angeles Valley College. She devoted countless hours of service to Holy Cross Hospital as a member of the Board of Trustees 1987-1990 and 1990-1993, and was active with United Way, Mid Valley YMCA. She was honored by YWCA with the Certificate of Leadership signed by Nancy Reagan in 1975 and honored by the Boys Club and Girls Scouts for her endless work. She will be sadly missed by all, especially by her loving family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the , PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 27, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a Celebration of Catholic Funeral Mass beginning at 1:00 p.m. These services will be held at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary. Interment will follow after Mass at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Directors 818-361-7387
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on May 25, 2010
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