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Sara C. Vircillo

AGE: 97 • Forked River

SARA "CESIRA" VIRCILLO, nee TASSONE 97

LACEY TOWNSHIP, NJ

Sara "Cesira" Vircillo: wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, aunt and special friend died peacefully at home December 8. She was born the thirteenth child; her birthplace was Cosenza, in the province of Calabria, Italy.

Her father, Giovanni, was the son of a veterinary doctor from Catanzaro, Calabria and himself became a master woodcraftsman and lumber businessman. Cesira's mother, Maria Selletta Giglio was born in Fagnano, Calabria. She was the daughter of a tree farmer.

During her childhood Cesira grew up in a very close knit family that would gather for meals and prayers. The clergy and religious of the local monastery would frequently visit their home for a dinner that her loving mother would provide. Giovanni, her father, was a devout member of La Madonna di Carmela (Carmelite)…and often would lead the family in prayer.

Cesira was educated at the University in Cosenza and became a teacher. This was the time of World War II. She had compassion for others and visited Jewish families that were hidden in camps by the Italian government. Traveling by train and on foot she and her cousin would bring food to those encamped.

After the war Cesira moved to the country and began teaching in a small village near her mother's family town. She lived with Venezia Vircillo a close family friend.

It was during this time she met her future husband, Luigi Vircillo. Luigi was eldest child of Ponteleo and Carmela and brother to Venezia, Giuseppe and Cenzina. He returned to Italy, after living in America for fifteen years. He returned as a decorated American Army soldier. The war had taken him through eight fiercely fought campaigns starting in Africa and ending in Germany. The two met and in the company of friends and family celebrating the return of their village son. Before he left Italy he asked Cesira to be his wife; they were married in a Passionist Church in the town of Laurignano. Cesira's cousin, Padre Giglio presided over the vows.

They started their post- war life living with family in Englewood, New Jersey and within a year had their newly built home in Dumont, New Jersey. Cesira became a housewife and a mother. Days off from work were meant for two things: spending time together working around the house or the yard or visiting relatives for a cup of coffee or a simple meal. Holidays were a special time, Christmas, Easter, had an Italian flavor and Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July would be a great reason to gather everyone, the more the merrier. For Cesira, her faith and the church were a part of her daily life. She quietly offered her time for the needs of the sick and doing charitable acts.

Her only son, Louis Jr., went to college and entered the field of education and coaching, he married Lorraine Stenson and started a family of his own. Cesira became Nonna to their four children: Julianne, Christina, Cheri and Louis John. Life with grandchildren was a special blessing and she enjoyed watching them grow. Great- grand children came into Cesira's life: Karissa, Jessica, Luke, Elizabeth and Sarah, and even a great- great grandchild, Madeleine.

Cesira lived her life independently after the death of her husband in December of '84. She stayed very close to her family and always communicated with relatives and friends. Her daily routine rarely changed: awake by 5 AM to prepare for mass at St. Pius X where she was a daily communicant, and saying the rosary. She would spend a few hours with prayer groups or bible study, sometimes making time for breakfast with her friends. When she was healthy she would visit the sick. She took a daily trip to the cemetery to say prayers over her husband's grave, but she never traveled out of town alone. Politics was intriguing to her. She was conservative and looked for leaders who would not waiver on issues that would compromise her values. She was a woman of great faith and lived her earthly life in preparation for her eternal life. She lived in the world but worldly things never consumed her life although she enjoyed the summer garden and sharing its produce with her friends. She lived life quietly but fully. Sara "Cesira" is survived by her son and his family, sisters-in-law Cenzina Cozza and Caterina Vircillo, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A Viewing will be held on Friday December 16th from 5-7pm at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Main Street (Route 9), Forked River. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Saturday at 10am, at St. Pius X RC Church, 300 Lacey Road Forked River, interment will follow in Good Luck Cemetery, Lanoka Harbor.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 11, 2016
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