Virginia Hagen Manizza

October 1, 1918December 10, 2012

Ledyard- Virginia Manizza, 94, of Avery Hill Rd., passed away Monday, December 10, 2012 at St. Mary’s Home in West Hartford, CT.

She was born October 1, 1918 in NYC, the daughter of the late Arthur Hagen Sr. and Mary Gemeasky Hagen, and moved to Ledyard two years later.

She married Rovaldo Manizza September 13, 1942 in Ledyard, CT.

She was a very active member of the Ledyard Congregational Church throughout her life, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, Junior Choir director among many other roles. She was a member of 4-H and won a county baking powder biscuit contest. She also won a 4-H trip to Washington D.C. in 1936 representing the state of Connecticut. She was an active volunteer at the Ledyard Fair for many years, frequently acting as a judge for crafts. She was a member of the Ledyard Senior Center where she also sang in the choir. She loved knitting, baking, music, crocheting, and UCONN women’s basketball.

She worked as a bookkeeper, a seamstress, and in retail at Holdridge Farm Nursery for many years.

She is survived by her children, son Ronald Manizza and fiancée Fran Storch of Mansfield Center, daughter Susan Manizza and husband Michael Klein of West Hartford, daughter Jean Jubenville and husband David of Westminster, CO, sister Marian Arico of Norwich, sisters-in-law Ellen Hagen of Ledyard, and Angie Manizza of Waterford, her grandsons Zachary Klein, Matthew and Ben Jubenville, and Greg Manizza, with each of whom she had a special, loving relationship, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brothers Charles (Gib) and Arthur Hagen, and infant daughter Priscilla.

Her family would like to thank Janet Barnett and the caring members of the Ledyard Congregational Church for their support, and all the staff and friends at St Mary’s Home for their loving, respectful care of our mother over the past year.

Calling hours will be held at the Church and Allen Funeral Home in Norwich on Friday evening from 5 to 8 pm. A funeral service will be held Saturday at the Ledyard Congregational Church at 10 am. Burial will follow in Avery Stoddard Cemetery.

To leave an online condolence for the Manizza family, please visit Virginia’s memorial at

Memorial donations in Virginia Manizza’s memory may be made to the Ledyard Congregational Church.

The Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St. Norwich, is entrusted with arrangements.



  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2012


  • Burial

Virginia Hagen Manizza

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January 5, 2014

Ron: Sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a very special lady. Our prays are with you and your family. Sincerely
Mike Terry & Josh Smith
Peoria Az.

Carol Anderson

December 15, 2012

Dear Jean, Ron, and Susan, I am very sorry about the loss of your Mom. She always had a kind word and a smile, and will be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With Sincere Sympathy

The Rohrbach's

December 15, 2012

Ron, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Fran, and your family. I know you both loved your Mom very much.

Sincerely, Donna & Eric Rohrbach

Robin Voegtlin Gilebarto

December 14, 2012

Ronnie, I was sorry to hear of your mom's passing. God bless and keep you all. My thoughts are with you.

Mary Ann Chinatti

December 14, 2012

Ron, Sue and Jean, I'm so sorry to hear of Auntie Jean's passing. Such a precious lady. So many precious memories. Love you all - Mary Ann Chinatti

December 14, 2012

What a loss? I always remember her as being the nicest person, even way back when I was in her 4-H club. Marty Marsh

December 14, 2012

very sorry to hear of Virginia passing, she was always full of laughter and soooo crafty, did so much for her community. R.I.P. Myrna and janet moody....

Sharon Bennet

December 13, 2012

I am sorry to hear of Virginia's passing. We shal miss her in the crafts room at the fair.

December 13, 2012

Ron, Sue and Jean ... some wonderful memories for me are when I we were little. Gus had just married my Mom and we'd come over to visit when your mom and dad were building your house in Ledyard. Uncle Wally always had that elfish twinkle in his eye and Aunt Ginny always made me feel loved and special. She really was one of the sweetest people I've ever known.

Bob Manizza (Scotland, CT)

December 13, 2012

Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. You and your family our in our thoughs and prayers during this time.
God Bless
Tom and Kim Holton (windham,ct)