Virginia Abbott

December 24, 1923April 28, 2012

Virginia L. Marinaro Abbott was born on December 24, 1923, in Butler, PA, and died in Fresno on April 28, 2012. She was the tenth of 11 children, born to Filomena Capriola Marinaro and Nicholas Marinaro.

Virginia and family moved to Fresno in 1936 to join other Italian relatives. She attended school at St. John's and graduated from Edison High School in 1942. Upon graduating from Edison, Virginia had several jobs: she worked for the USO, Roar Aircraft, Senator Hugh Burns, and the Fresno Unified School District. She met and married Harry E. Abbott (deceased) and had three children.

Virginia was very active in volunteer organizations, including St. Anthony's Mother's Guild, other church related and Republican activities.

Virginia's best trait was the love for her children and family. She loved to cook, especially Italian food and she was best known for her Christmas Eve parties. Her well-organized home was open to anyone who stopped by for a visit and she seemed to always have an extra place setting at the table.

Preceding her in death were her parents; four brothers; six sisters; and an infant daughter.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Susan Lorena; and son, John Michael. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Visitation will be held at Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Wednesday May 9, 2012, with interment to follow at Clovis Cemetery.

The family has requested that all remembrances be made to the California Ar- menian Home; Nancy Hinds Hospice; or the donor's favorite charity.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 8, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Virginia Abbott

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Karen J. Maj

May 15, 2012

My Dear Virginia,
I'm back now from visiting my family in North Carolina. My heart goes out to your family and friends. You opened up my eyes to fly fishing when you ordered books on the bookmobile; you sat in the group, listening to my stories. We took our picture when we "found" one another again when I established the CA Armenian Home as a new bookmobile stop! That was such a great day. Thank you for your smiles, warmth and dearness. Your Friend, Karen

May 7, 2012

Dear John and Susan Lorena,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. We have many fond memories of her. She was such a kind lady and always greeted you with a warm smile. May you find comfort in each other, family and friends.
Mark and Nancy (Ferdinandi) Wathen

May 6, 2012

To the Family-
“May the Lord of peace himself give you peace constantly in every way. The Lord be with all
of you.” -- 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Chapel

May 1, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.