Virgina T. Leighton(1918 - 2013)

WINSTED >> Virginia T. Leighton, 94, passed away peacefully on Jan. 13, 2013 at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation in Canaan, surrounded by her family members. She was born in Winsted on Feb. 11, 1918 to the late Helen Gaylord and Ralph V. Tiffany. She was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, L. Franklin Leighton, Jr., of Melrose, Massachusetts and her sister, Grace Wilson of Keene, New Hampshire. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Thompson of Colebrook.
She is survived by her three children, Jeffrey and his wife Edith of New Hartford, Cynthia Daniels and her husband Charles of Castro Valley, California and Roger and his wife Susan of Hilton, New York. She is also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Clifford and his wife Laura and their two children Mitchell and Alison of Canton, Georgia, Kimberley Pineda and her husband Tito and their daughter Kaya of Oakley, California, Benjamin Daniels of Alameda, California, Tiffany Ozmina and her husband Martin of Chicago, Illinois, Andrew and his wife Julie and their two children Ava and Emma of Rochester, New York, and Aaron of Rochester, New York.
She graduated with a BS in chemistry from Middlebury College in 1940 and went to work for Lever Brothers in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After marrying Frank in 1946, she returned to her home town of Winsted, where she later worked for the Keratene Company. In 1960, she rekindled her love of the cello and joined The Torrington Civic Symphony soon after. She was their historian for many years and faithfully kept scrapbooks of their concerts and articles from the local newspapers. She often wrote the program notes for their concerts. She was actively involved in the Beardsley and Memorial Library for 27 years, serving as secretary, vice-president and then as president of The Board of Trustees from 1986 to 2003. In 2000, the Association of Connecticut Library Boards awarded her a Certificate of Appreciation for her many contributions to the improvements and expansion of the library. Her love of gardening stayed with her well into her 70's. She was also member of the Greenwoods Chapter of the DAR for 50 years.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Beardsley and Memorial Library, 40 Munro Place, Winsted, CT 06098 or to The Torrington Civic Symphony, 113 Buena Vista Ave, Torrington, CT 06790.
A memorial service will be held on April 13, at 10 a.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 800 Main St., Winsted, CT with a private burial to follow. Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 922 Main Street, Winsted has care of the arrangements.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to all of the staff both at Geer Village and Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation for their compassionate care of our mother during her stay there. Visit an online guestbook at

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Published in on Jan. 17, 2013