in memoriam

In Memory of Virginia Del Vecchio

March 22, 2022


Virginia (Ginny) Del Vecchio, 79, passed away on March 22, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born to Michael Martin Nolan and Hilda Elizabeth Nolan in Brooklyn, New York on April 14, 1942. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Elizabeth Del Vecchio-Floro (Louis Floro) and Theresa Cheracles (Anthony "Tony" Cheracles). She is also survived by four grandchildren (Anthony Floro, Adrianna Floro, Aiden Cheracles, and Trevor Cheracles). She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her siblings Robert and Dennis Nolan, her niece Deborah Robinson and her nephew Robert Nolan, Jr.

Virginia graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Queens, NY. She married Vincent (Vinnie) Del Vecchio on February 4,1972. They lived in Woodhaven, Queens, NY, where they raised two daughters. Virginia and Vinnie retired from the Port Authority of NY and NJ in 1996 and they relocated to Chesapeake, Virginia.

Virginia had a lifelong fascination with the wild west and was enamored by early cowboy movies, featuring life on the wild frontier. In spite of her New York City roots, she fancied herself to be a cowgirl, with Annie Oakley as her main influencer. She was the only country music fan amongst her friends and she frequently enjoyed horseback riding through Forest Park in Queens. Virginia followed her western calling when she and Vinnie went to Sun City West, Arizona. They started out as snowbirds but ultimately became permanent residents there in 2007. She loved the desert weather, landscape and life.

Throughout her life, Virginia enjoyed traveling extensively across the United States and abroad. She was a talented artist and crafter. She enjoyed bowling, playing card games, square dancing, rockhounding and spending time with friends and family. She was a devoted wife and daughter who cared for her husband and her mother until their final days. Virginia spent her final years enjoying life in the company of her dear friend Wilbert "Willie" Ophoven.

Services will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 with visitation from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at Camino del Sol Funeral Chapel, 13738 N. Camino del Sol, Sun City West, AZ 85375. Committal Services will follow at 1:30 pm in the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona. She will rest there with her husband Vinnie under the western skies, saguaro cactus, and desert flowers, with the Phoenix Mountains on the horizon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association at