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Murphy Funeral Homes

1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA

OBITUARY

Vilma Caponi Fortune

May 7, 1927July 6, 2019
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Vilma Caponi Fortune, 92, died Saturday, the 6th of July 2019, surrounded by her loving family and care angels at Vienna Manor III in Oakton, Virginia.

Vilma was born in 1927 in Atlantic City, New Jersey; the daughter of the late Italian immigrants Sabatino and Maria Caponi. She loved to give back to the community and she spent many years volunteering for Meals On Wheels, Christ House and Ronald McDonald House. Vilma defined happiness as family, often declaring that God gave some people money...he gave me my family.

She started working at her father’s restaurant at a young age, then became a legal secretary, was an entrepreneur with PennyRich Bras, then worked in the mortgage industry. She was a member of the Virginia of Association of Legal Secretaries and the President of the Fairfax Chapter.

Vilma is preceded in death by her husband Albert G. Fortune, Sr. and her sisters Jeanne and Elizabeth. Vilma is survived by her son Albert G. Fortune, Jr. (Nan), her daughter Ann F. Porch (Pete), and her daughter Regina F. McMullen (Roswell). Her Grandchildren Kimberley (Dan), Kelly (Mike), Trish, Laurie, Wayne, Gina (David), Megan, Dana, and Great Grandchildren Jesse, Madison, Amanda, Kaylee, Blake, Andre, Pierce and Vivian, and loving nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities or Capital Caring.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Interment Monday, July 15, 2019

Memories

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Jolanta Juszkiewicz

July 15, 2019

Vilma and my mother were residents in the same home for over a year. So, I became quite the Vilma fan. She always had a great attitude, a smile to greet me and to send me off. I said Vilma was "sassy" because she didn't tolerate fools lightly.

One of my fondest memories of Vilma will be her wonderful red outfits and the martini glass that appeared at a civilized hour.

We will miss Vilma, but know that she is in a better place drinking real martinis and smiling down on us.

Al (Skippy) Fortune

July 13, 2019

My dearest Aunt Vilma,
Her wit, charm, effervescence and ability to always make a party made her a joy to be around.
When she came to Europe to visit us and we traveled down through Italy, eating and drinking our way South she was always up for fun, good food and wine. Whether it was dancing and partying on Lake Garda or cruising across the Med on our way to the Greek Isles she was always a delight.
She was loving, giving and brutally honest about her life and what she perceived as her mistakes and what they had taught her.
We will always miss her and her beautiful heart is in our hearts forever.
Love you always Aunt Vilma.
Skippy and Shirley

Gina Southee Allen

July 12, 2019

Oh, the many wonderful memories I have of Vilma growing up! I always remember her laugh and beauty would light up a room especially during celebrations with family. One special event in my life comes to mind. After leaving the area I was thrilled to hear she would be attending my wedding in 1983. When it came time for throwing the bouquet all the young ladies started to line up and Grandma Vilma sauntered up to everyone's laughter and sure enough...she caught it!
Rest easy sweet Vee and be sure to keep everyone that greets you in heaven in stitches. My thoughts and prayers are with my dear neighborhood friend, Reggie, and her family.

Sandy Ellis

July 11, 2019

My Aunt Vilma was so special to me growing up, I loved going to her house and visiting with my cousins and having the best Italian food , and listening to Mr. and Mrs Caponi tell stories. My Aunt was beautiful, funny, and fun to be around.
I’m so thankful I got to spend time with her recently to tell her what she meant to me and how much I loved her. I’m sure My Mom and her are dancing in the clouds.

LENORE MALIN

July 10, 2019

To my dear Cousins,

What can I say about your Mom, my Aunt Vee that you don’t already know? How beautiful she was? How funny? How loving? And especially, how Italian? I am so grateful to have spent my life sharing her presence, literally since my birth and with all of you as you were born into the family. I am so grateful the she considered me “one of mine” as she’d say, and I’m so happy she loved my Bill, too. To say that I miss her would be a major understatement, but when I become tearful, I think of all the fun times and laughter we’ve all shared, and I have to smile through the tears. Of course you know you have our sympathy, and our hope that those good times and the love of family and friends will bring you comfort.
with love,

Angela Constantino

July 9, 2019

I'm afraid I never really got to know my Aunt Vilma as much as I'd have liked but at my Grandmothers funeral (Her sister Elizabeth) I remember the depth of love that she showed. I remember sitting with her in shared grief and holding her hand. I remember her saying that this would probably be the last time she would see us and sadly it was. My deepest sympathies go out to her entire family.

Doug McGraw

July 8, 2019

It is with the greatest affection that I think back on all the good times our neighborhood families shared with Vilma and the entire Fortune/Capone family. Vilma was one of those 100% Italian moms who made friends with everyone and who cared deeply about making our neighborhood feel like a big, happy family. She was really, just a lovely person, with a great sense of humor and a ready laugh!

I respect and honor her memory and hope her family finds peace during this transition.

JOHN MCGRAW

July 8, 2019

WE share many fond memories of growing up with our dear neighbors from RIDGEWOOD Drive. Our SYMPATHY and condolence to the Fortune family for the passing of VILMA. I can not think of each of you, without also remembering your Dad and Grandparents. All the MOMs and DADs on RIDGEWOOD each watched us grow up and gave us their advice and attention. Our good wishes to Ann, Reggie and Albert and God Bless VILMA. From the MCGRAW family

Scott Southee

July 8, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Fortune family, dear neighbors for so many years in Annandale. I remember neighborhood gatherings, including adults on one occasion, sledding at the end of our street, Ridgewood Drive at the Bible Baptist Church hill across from the Fortune’s lovely corner home. One year, Vilma innocently jumped on my father’s sled with him, and as he was laying down hitting his stride, broke one of his ribs! I think that was the last time Dad went sledding. That story has been told and chuckled at numerous times through the years. Vilma has passed, but the many cherished memories of the close ties raising young families on Ridgewood Drive will live on! God Bless her soul.

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