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Virginia C. Catanzaro

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Catanzaro, Virginia C., 88, of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in her home surrounded by her family. If you were to have asked Viriginia Catanzaro about herself I imagine you would’ve been told of her 10 kids, “And not a bum in the lot!” she would say. You would then be told about her 25 grandkids, 28 great grandkids and 2 great-great grandkids. And while family was an important part of her life, she was much more than a wife, mother, or grandmother. She was always uniquely Virginia; strong, stubborn, willing to lend a hand, lend an ear, or lay out the hard truth depending on what was needed. Born April 1, 1932, the first child of Paul and Eleanor Schenking, in Coldwater, OH, Virginia spent most of her childhood in Dayton, OH. Virginia met her future husband Cosmas “Coe” Catanzaro at the age of 16, when he asked her to dance at a wedding. In 1950 Virginia and Coe were married and began rapidly increasing their family. While Virginia managed the home and children, Coe built Coe Catanzaro and Sons Produce, Inc. but during those hectic years Virigina and Coe found the time to go dancing every Saturday night. After Coe’s passing in 1986, Virginia took her place as co-owner of the business, while still raising the last of her 10 children living at home. As the kids married and began giving her more grandchildren than she could possibly keep track of, Virginia never stopped keeping busy. She continued working at Coe Cat and Sons till 2017. She could be found bowling with the ladies during League Night at the local lanes, dancing at the Moose, the Elks, the Eagles or any place featuring big band music. Virginia was a loyal fan Catholic Central and the Cincinnati Reds. And always had the trunk of her Cadillac loaded with lawn chairs, stadium seats and blankets, ready for any sporting event she might attend. Virginia leaves many to mourn her passing, her 10 children, Chris (Ann) Catanzaro, Cathie (Tim) Kuss, Frank (Cindy) Catanzaro, Grace (Bruce) Terrell, Pete (Lisa) Catanzaro, Anita (John) Vaccaro, Julie (John) Chaney, Emily (Steve) Bumgardner, Jennifer (Rob) Kot, Dominic (Kim) Catanzaro, her 2 sisters, Phyllis and Joyce, 2 brothers, Roger and Richard Schenking, as well as her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Virginia was met in heaven by her husband Coe, grandchildren Jessica Greene and Cosmas “Cossy” Catanzaro, and great grandson Corey Hayslett.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, a private family mass will be held at St. Raphael Catholic Church with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cossy Catanzaro Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1852, Springfield, Ohio 45501. Arrangements by CONROY FUNERAL HOME.
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My sympathy and prayers are with all the Catanzaro family, (some of whom I know.) I knew Virginia as a neighbor on S. Arlington, and I will always remember her as someone who enjoyed life to the fullest. Hers was a life well lived.

- Carol Horner, Wednesday June 3rd, 2020

May God grant her eternal rest and abundantly bless the Catanzaro family. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of you, especially during this time. Thank you for sharing Virginia's encouraging zeal for life with us via her obituary!

- Morgan Krichbaum, Saturday May 23rd, 2020

So sorry for you loss Grace! You and your Family are in our thoughts and Prayers.

- Adrian O, Wednesday May 20th, 2020

Dear Cathie and Tim, So want to convey my condolences to you. From the obituary, your mother was an extraordinary woman.. I know you have many wonderful memories and as the days pass they will become more precious to you. May you find peace and comfort in knowing others care and mourn with you Prayers to all your family, Rita Osborne

- Rita Stroup Osborne, Tuesday May 19th, 2020

My thoughts are with you all. "Aunt" Virginia was an amazing force on the occasions of our visits. I remember her as kind and generous with her attention to a little 6 year old. I am far away but my deep affection for you all does not wane. God bless you Aunt Virginia and you all. Tony Catanzaro - Seattle WA

- Tony Catanzaro (Ron's Son), Tuesday May 19th, 2020

My condolences to your family. Always remember a smile on her face! I believe she met your dad at Hilda and Russ's wedding - my godparents! She was blessed to have such a wonderful family!

- Bonnie Barga Petrukovich, Monday May 18th, 2020

She sounds like a truly wonderful lady that it would have been a privilege and honor to know. My condolences Drema and Scott.

- Michele Shotts , Sunday May 17th, 2020

Chris, Pete, Dominic and family. My heart is broken to hear this news, I Loved Ginny so very much and she was a great traveling partner. I think she was the best golf partner I ever had. We sure had some good times on are travels. I Love You Kids with all my heart. Take Care

- Shirley Brown, Sunday May 17th, 2020

To all my Catanzaro family we sincerely send our love and condolences. I truly loved "aunt" Virginia and I will always have fond memories of my time at the Catanzaro house. God bless.

- Harold and Sheila Hairston, Sunday May 17th, 2020

Such a lovely lady! Always loved the smile she gave me when I would see her at church! May she Rest in Peace🙏

- Carole Belcher, Saturday May 16th, 2020

Praying for strength for your family. Rest in peace.

- Sandra Frazier, Saturday May 16th, 2020

Kim and Dominic. So sorry to hear of Virginia. She leave behind a beautiful and strong family. My thoughts and prayers are with all members of your amazing family. Patti

- Patti Lippolis Wright , Saturday May 16th, 2020

Thinking of you all, and sending love. I will always remember her dancing at weddings when I was a kid! She will be missed.

- Sarah Elder Jackson, Saturday May 16th, 2020

So sorry we are unable to attend. Blessings to the Catanzaro family.

- Don Shivler, Saturday May 16th, 2020

So saddened to hear of her passing. She was loved by her family and extended family and will be missed greatly. I always remember Aunt Virginia with a smile on her face and some of my favorite memories of growing up was a trip to Springfield to visit. We always had great fun visiting the “mansion.” at least it’s seemed like one to me. My love and heartfelt sympathies to her brothers and sisters and all my cousins and their families. 🙏🏻

- Janice Bradley, Saturday May 16th, 2020

A wonderful woman with a tremendous family. Our prayers and condolences go with all of you. Love from Tennessee.

- Marty and Jackie Bumgardner, Saturday May 16th, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the Catanzaro Family. I feel lucky to have had many childhood memories with your family. Your mom was an incredible woman.

- Michelle P, Saturday May 16th, 2020

What a great lady. She made me feel like part of the family even before I was. I will miss her.

- Ashley Catanzaro, Saturday May 16th, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a lovely woman. She raised a beautiful family and had such a full life. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

- Vaccaro/Samothrakis family NY, Saturday May 16th, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Such a very special lady, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed life and her family. One of a kind! She will be missed by so many, but the memories and good times will live on forever. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. May she Rest In Peace as she joins her family angels in heaven. Never to be forgotten. Sissy, Larry, Mike and Charlie McFarland family

- Sissy and Larry McFarland, Saturday May 16th, 2020

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