Virginia Arietta

Virginia Arietta Virginia Lee Arietta, 86, passed away gracefully with family and friends on January 20, 2013, in El Sobrante, CA, at the home of her daughter, Sharon Goods. Virginia was born on August 22, 1926, in Sacramento, CA, to Clarence and Violet Snodgrass. Virginia grew up in Oakland, CA, where she graduated from Polytechnic High School. After high school she worked as a cashier at various Oakland theaters before taking a position in the accounting department of Victor Equipment Company in San Francisco. At Victor, she worked her way into a supervisory position in the payroll department where she remained for 22 years. After separating from her first husband, Frederick Goods, she married Joseph Arietta. Upon retiring, the Ariettas purchased acreage near Lakeport to realize a dream of living in a country setting near Clear Lake where Virginia could pursue her passion for water skiing. Virginia readily adapted to the challenges of living on a walnut ranch and was still using a chain saw in her late 70s. Fearless of heights, many friends and family recall the amazing sight of Virginia, a tiny woman, negotiating a steep roof to replace a shingle or repair a chimney. She built rock walls and was especially proud of the tile she installed singlehandedly in her kitchen and bathrooms. Virginia was renowned for her independence, extraordinary work ethic, energy and resourcefulness. She was high-spirited and not in any way daunted by tasks that might have seemed beyond her skills: she would figure out how to do it, and do it herself. She was also a great listener with a wry sense of humor as well as an inspiring role model for strong capable women. She was cherished by members of the Arietta family, many of whom spent happy times visiting, socializing and waterskiing with Virginia at parties and gatherings of family and friends in the Clear Lake area. Virginia was preceded in death by her second husband Joseph in 1993 and is survived by her daughter, Sharon; grandson, Jaeger; and granddaughters, Lilli and Stella. Family members and friends will be notified regarding a gathering in remembrance of this extraordinary woman when her ashes will be scattered on San Francisco Bay. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at

Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Mar. 30 to Apr. 5, 2013