Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service

113 Lake Road East, Congers, NY


Virginia Elizabeth Cifuni

May 11, 1926July 24, 2020

Virginia Elizabeth Cifuni (Grossman)

Virginia Cifuni, 94, passed away on July 24, 2020 in the home of her daughter surrounded by her family. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Born on May 11, 1926 in N.Y.C. to Adam and Lydia Grossman. Virginia is predeceased by her loving husband, Fred, the Patriarch of the family. Also predeceased by her only sibling Edward, his wife Jean, and many very special people all distinctively loved by her. Virginia graduated from Julia Richmond HS and later became a secretary working at a chemical company eventually putting her extraordinary organizational skills to better use.

On April 8, 1945 she wed Fred Cifuni. Married for nearly 65 years together they were blessed with 13 children, 44 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, their spouses and a great-great grandson. She raised all 13 children in Congers and it is there where most remain. Wherever the matriarch of the circle resided the heart of the family could be found.

Virginia was a lifelong member of the Haverstraw Elks Ladies Club #877 and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Most importantly she was a devote Catholic and St. Paul/St. Ann parishioner since 1954. Virginia leaves to cherish her memory and continue her tradition her children:

Barbara and Del Cernuda Mathew Cifuni Sue and Chris Linen David and Ellen Cifuni Frank and Carol Cifuni Mary Livsey and Angel Vasquez Robert and Maureen Cifuni Cathy and Brian Sherry Ginger and Tim Sullivan Edward Cifuni Fred Cifuni Jr. Paul Cifuni Nancy and Kevin Myers

She left endless happy memories and a tradition of boundless love of family. That is her legacy. A mass of Christion Burial was celebrated by the family. Donations can be made to St. Paul/St. Ann food cupboard or United Hospice of Rockland County for all the support and peace the staff added to the lives of Virginia and her family. Special thanks to Hospice Angel, Karold


  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, July 27, 2020


Virginia Elizabeth Cifuni

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Kathleen Hartl

August 13, 2020

I brought Virginia Communion along with the love and prayers of the St.Paul/St. Ann community. I was so impressed by her peaceful countenance, her great faith and her beautiful smile. It was a privilege to know her and be in her presence. She was so loved by her family and I know that contributed to her long life. I would visit her at Kathy’s house and as I watched the interaction between mother and daughter I always felt I was in a sacred place. I am so grateful to have had her (and her family) in my life. I know she is resting with the angels.

Coleen Biello

August 11, 2020

Virginia was the true LoVe and Light of her family and friends. I had the pleasure of seeing her weekly for many many years. Every Friday @11:00 wash & blow dry. Big Fred would drop her off in a Cadillac and she would be picked up in any available ride, all but a horse, someone always came to pick her up.
We shared lots of laughs and stories.
Virginia will always be in my heart.
I loVed the time we had together
May her Soul Rise to Glory 🙏 Amen 💕

Cathy Your baby girl

August 10, 2020

Rest easy momma. Loved growing so close to you. Love that your blood flows through us all and will always tie us together! Sweet Dreams.


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