Virginia Capone Palguta, age 95, of South Fayette on July 1, 2023 with family; beloved wife of late John “Jack”; loving mother of Marilu Garcia (Jose), Barb Fettig (Steve), Alan (Marchell), and Paul (Jennifer). Preceded in death by her parents Florindo and Rachel Capone, and brothers Carmen, Joseph, and Valentino Capone. Also survived by 7 grandchildren Jarrett Ballo (Amanda), Joe Ballo (Holly), Beth Ballo, Jacquelyn (Kyle), Caroline, Luke, and Mila and 1 greatgrandchild Reese Ballo.
Virginia was born in 1928 and happily raised in Homewood. Her mother had said, “the boys went to college, and the girl can too if she desires,” and she always knew she did. Virginia graduated with Honors from Westinghouse High School where she was yearbook editor and awarded the Unselfish Service Award symbolic of how she lived her life. She went on to earn her B.S. in Education from Pennsylvania College for Women, now Chatham University, and her Masters in Education from University of Pittsburgh. After pursuing her collegiate goals, she was hired as a second-grade teacher at Wightman School in Squirrel Hill. She went on to teach in Beaver Falls, at St. Agnes School in Oakland and at Holy Child Catholic School in Bridgeville. In total, she happily served her students for 34 years as an educator.
Virginia and Jack got engaged on July 7, 1953, and were married a year to the date later in 1954 . They were married for 41 years and led a happy life in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; Del Mar, California; Cleveland, Ohio; and finally settled in South Fayette Township.
Not only was Virginia proud of her Italian heritage, as was evident in her delicious cooking and baking, but she also enjoyed many outings with friends. Her other passions were practicing her faith as a devout Catholic and writing, especially poetry. There wasn’t a holiday or celebration that went by without a thoughtful poem by Virginia shared with her family.
In the words of Virginia, she “loved teaching young children, loved being married to Jack, and loved being a mother and grandmother. Bye for now.”
Family and friends received on Wednesday from 5-8 PM at the Warchol Funeral Home Inc., 3060 Washington Pike, Bridgeville (412.221.3333). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 AM at St. Barbara Church of Corpus Christi Parish. In lieu of flowers contributions would be appreciated to Corpus Christi Parish Bridgeville or Gallagher Hospice.