Virginia E. Cleary
1945 - 2017
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Virginia Ellen Cleary was born on May 18, 1945 in Portland, Maine, and passed away on Friday, June 9th, in her home in Richmond, Massachusetts with her daughter, Amy Greenspon, by her side.

Virginia graduated from the University of Connecticut and earned her Master's degree in the Science of Nursing from Yale University.

Virginia was one of the founding members of Main Street Human Resources in Great Barrington - the first psychiatric facility in South County - and a pioneer in the psychiatric treatment community. She went on to run her own psychotherapy practice for over 15 years, in Lenox.

Virginia was married to Dr. William S. Greenspon, who passed away in December of 2006. They loved traveling to unique and unassuming places. They enjoyed entertaining which usually involved spirited cooking and conversation and often a standard poodle.

Virginia will be remembered for her vibrant spirit and for her open-hearted dedication to her family, friends and patients throughout her life. Virginia inspired her wide community of family and friends with her joy in life, her passion, her courage, her humor, and her appreciation of beauty.

She leaves a daughter, Amy Greenspon of New York, NY.; two sisters, Margaret Verrastro of Bethlehem, CT., and Catherine Gay of Middlebury, Ct.; and two brothers, Daniel Cleary of Bethlehem, CT., and Michael Cleary, of Waterbury, CT.

SERVICES: A memorial will be held on August 6th.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Nature Conservancy or PBS in care of the funeral home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240.


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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jun. 25, 2017.
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June 19, 2019
I miss Ginny and our friendship. She added fun and wisdom to the world. Amy, I hope you are well. Stephanie Costello
Stephanie Costello
October 30, 2017
Ginny and I were friends for over 20 years. We shared an office for our private practices when I lived in Lenox and got together in NYC and Philadelphia after I moved to PA. We had fun and always good conversation. She was not able to communicate much after she got sick and I moved to Oregon; it was sad to lose touch and I am sad that she is gone from this world. My condolences to Amy who was such an important part of Ginny's and Bill's life and legacy.
July 25, 2017
One day to see again...time is only what stands between us.
July 11, 2017
I was Ginny's room mate at UConn. We kept in touch for years. Saw each other often at the Connecticut shoreline. She'd come to the Cape. I'd stop in Richmond on my way to my daughter's. We went to a Bob Dylan concert together. After her husband died and she became ill, I lost touch. You send a Christmas card, sometimes a quick letter. And go on with your own life.
I didn't know how sick she had become and am sorry I didn't make a bigger effort to see her before she passed. She was smart and fun.
My thoughts go out to Amy.
Marite Burns
June 28, 2017
Virginia was kind and witty. She always brought happiness to me and others who cared for her. She gave me good advice, and told me funny stories. She had a calming way about her. I always will consider the time I spent with her to be special. I will keep her in my prayers and thoughts. My prayers also extend to her sisters and brothers, and her daughter. May they all find comfort in their memories of their dear, beloved Ginny.
Andrea Filkins
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