Mrs. Virginia (Allen) Weaver, 89, of Montclair, New Jersey died Friday, March 15, 2019 in Massachusetts. Visiting will be on Friday March 22, from 10am-11am at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St, Montclair. A funeral service will begin at the funeral home at 11am. Interment at Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield. Please visit her Book of Memories to leave condolences and read her life story at caggianomemorial.com
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Virginia was born and raised in Montclair where she was a 1948 graduate of Montclair High School. After that she earned her Bachelor's degree at North Carolina College. Trained as a social worker she began her career in New York City at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
In 1956 Virginia married Marine veteran C. Thomas Weaver, an Executive Director for the YMCA, and the couple began their married life in Hartford, Connecticut. Following a move to Washington, D.C. Tom was named Director of New York's Sloan House YMCA on West 34th Street, then the largest residential YMCA in the nation. It was while working in New York that Tom died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 41 in 1969.
Widowed at 38, Virginia moved home to Montclair with her eleven year old son, Jeff, and life began anew. There she found the love and support of her mother and five siblings and their families and her new role, being Mom and Dad, for Jeff began. The highlight of everyone's week were Sunday dinners at Nana's . . . a tradition that bound the family together for generations. At the same time she started a new career as a sales clerk at J.M. Towne department store in Caldwell, New Jersey and held the same position when the store became Sealfons. She loved her work and the people she worked with even more . . . and the feeling was mutual.
Virginia was also a lifelong lover of the arts . . . visits to museums, small or large, were always welcome. She was especially fond of the artwork of Georgia O'Keeffe. Her taste in music ranged from the original soul music of Ray Charles to Lenny Welch whose talents combine old school with R&B and dance music.
In retirement she enjoyed daily interaction with her friends in senior housing and was a devoted attendee of the weekly bingo games.
She leaves her son, Jeffrey T. Weaver (Ursula) of Waltham; her grandson, Thomas D. Weaver of Waltham; her sisters, Winifred Allen of Montclair, New Jersey, Algy Jackson of White Plains, New York and Teena Spaulding of Sarasota, Florida and many nieces, nephews and friends. Virginia was also a sister of the late Grace Simms and Kadel Allen.
Funeral services and burial will take place in Montclair, New Jersey
Memorial donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 650 Suffolk Street #405, Lowell, MA 01845 or online at www.epilepsynewengland.org or to your local YMCA
And so, of Virginia it can be said: " . . . God could not be everywhere, so he created Mothers."