Virginia (Cardillo) Socha, 88, of Bellevue, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at her home.
She was born March 15, 1925, in Oakdale, Pa., to the late Beneditto and Columbia (DeFante) Cardillo.
Mrs. Socha graduated from South Fayette Township High School in 1943. After receiving a government scholarship, she entered Mercy School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pa., graduating in 1947 with an R.N. In 1948, she joined the United States Navy
. In 1951 she attended the School of Aviation Medicine at Gunther Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., to become a flight nurse. During the Korean War she flew the sick and wounded back to the United States.
While in Japan, she met and married Dr. Michael Socha, who is now deceased. After the Korean Armistice, Virginia brought home the first prisoners of war in 1953. Virginia was discharged as LCDR U.S.N. in 1961 (regular Navy). She spent 10 years as a Navy nurse.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bellevue, Navy Nurse Corps Association, World War II Flight Nurses Association, the American Legion, and the former Club Amer-Ital.
Survivors include her daughter, Dr. Patricia Socha (Stephen Ettinger) of Los Angeles, Calif.; three grandsons, Michael A. Ettinger, Robert S. Ettinger, and Richard P. Ettinger; two step-grandchildren, Nicole and Andrew Ettinger; her brothers, Michael (Evelyn) Cardillo and John (Thelma) Cardillo; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Theresa Sailer; and brothers, Andrew, Julius, Henry, Benjamin, and Albert Cardillo.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue. The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.
Her funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28, at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue, with the Rev. Jonathan Wight officiating. Burial will follow in Bellevue Catholic Cemetery where military graveside services will be conducted by the Bellevue American Legion, VFW
, and Marine Corps League.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 231 E. Center St., Bellevue, OH 44811.
Online condolences may be sent at www.auxterfuneralhomes.com.