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Virginia D. Zawoy

April 13, 1937March 13, 2021

Virginia Zawoy, 83, of Clinton, Connecticut passed away in the early morning of March 13, 2021 with her family by her side and after suffering from a lengthy illness. She was born on April 13, 1937 in Astoria, New York to Stanley and Eleanor Dusek. It was in Astoria where she met her husband Eugene Zawoy. They were married in 1962 and moved to Clinton that summer.

Virginia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from New York University. Upon her arrival in Clinton, Virginia took an immediate interest in local politics first becoming a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and later Registrar of Voters, a position she held for 18 years. In 1985, she was elected First Selectman, a position that she held until 1991. Throughout her work for the town and the people of Clinton, Virginia was well known as professional, understanding, and as someone who brought out the best in those around her. In 1990, she was recognized by Catchment Area Council for her contribution to Public Mental Health. Some of her accomplishments during her tenure as First Selectman include initiating the Capital Improvement Program, which helped to bring together town departments to aid in the completion of major infrastructure projects, and the development of the Youth and Family Services Bureau. After her work for the town, Virginia took a position with the University of New Haven as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. In 2001, Virginia was appointed by the Governor to be a member of the Board of Trustees for Community-Technical Colleges. She remained in that position until 2011. In 2004, Virginia was given an Official Citation from the State of Connecticut, General Assembly as the Clinton Republican Town Committee 2004 Distinguished Citizen. In the same year, Virginia also received the Town of Clinton Distinguished Service Award. Virginia always felt that town government was for the people, and if you were lucky enough to be elected, you were to always put the people first. In 2007 through 2008, Virginia served as the President of the Rotary Club of New Haven. She was also Board Member of the West Haven Chamber of Commerce and a member of the local Estuary Transit District, a group which established bus service between Clinton and the surrounding regions. One of Virginia's most fulfilling roles was Justice of the Peace in the Town of Clinton. Virginia was also an active member of the Vineyard Church of Guilford, and was someone of great faith. Although she achieved much professionally, her greatest roles were that of wife, mother, grandmother and trusted friend.

In addition to her husband Gene, she is survived by her daughter Lori Wells and her husband Bob of N. Branford; her son Kevin Zawoy of Old Saybrook; four grandchildren, Katie and Krista Wells and Nadia and Gabe Zawoy.

Calling hours will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 20, 2021, followed by a funeral service at 3:00 pm at the Swan Funeral Home 80 E. Main St. Clinton, CT.

Services

  • Calling Hour

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

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Susan Tyler

March 25, 2021

To Virginia's Family and Friends,
I met Virginia when I first joined the Board of Directors of 9 Town Transit, the regional public bus district. She was immediately welcoming and I soon realized how much she had contributed to this organization, having been one of the original founding members. Virginia exhibited a quiet leadership; leading by example with thoughtfulness, good sense and yet firm when it was needed. I had no idea of her extensive accomplishments until reading her obituary as she was as humble as she was accomplished. She was a woman of substance before her time and, I'm sure, acted as a mentor for those who followed. It was my privilege to have known her and I send my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.
Susan Tyler

Karl Zawoy

March 20, 2021

I miss Aunt Ginny. We have so many wonderful memories with Aunt Ginny and Uncle Gene visiting in Fort White Florida. We remember the day they both accepted the Lord as their savior at the Christ Central Church in Alachua Florida. Dad and I baptized Uncle Gene and Aunt Ginny in his pool in Fort White. I always valued Uncle Gene and Aunt Ginny's advice on so many subjects and issues. We will always remember her and all the good times we had together.

Grace Bates

March 19, 2021

Virginia was a much loved member of our Wednesday morning Bible study in Clinton. Her quiet and gentle ways and her keen listening skills were a wonderful addition to our study..we have prayed steadily for her for months...now she is home with her Lord and Savior. Rest In Peace, dear Virginia. You will be missed. Condolences to her family. Grace Bates

BRUCE Farmer

March 18, 2021

The Farmer Family was so sorry to learn of the passing of Virginia. Our dear friend will be greatly missed and we always will remember her wonderful spirit,laughter, friendship and council in so many ways. She had the ability to size up any issue or challenge and solve it in business, politics, community, religious, charity, social work,higher education,family, friends,etc. and do it with grace. Virginia encouraged Bruce to run for First Selectman and during his term, she assisted him in organizing the first state-wide public transportation forum at Town Hall with state and federal transportation officials and legislators.
Barbara loved her time with Virginia volunteering,sharing,caring and socialising for many years.
May God Bless Virginia and keep her family in his care.
Barbara, Bruce and Elizabeth Farmer

Leslie Strauss

March 17, 2021

We are so sorry to lose our dear friend and fellow board member. Virginia was a founding member of the Estuary Transit District in the 1980s, and faithfully served the board ever since.

She will be missed by all as a thoughtful and kind woman. At the very least, she never forgot the doughnuts. Thank you for lending her to us.

Leslie Strauss for the 9 Town Transit Board and Staff

Kathy Nicely (Morris)

March 17, 2021

Such a sweet and lovely lady who will be missed by all who loved her. Strength, hugs and love to her family. I am so sorry Kevin for your the loss of your mom. You have been a bright light in her life. Find comfort in that and honor her life by living your life.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY