Virginia C. Maurelli BELLOWS FALLS — Virginia C. Maurelli, 81, of Bellows Falls, Vermont, passed away peacefully at home under hospice care, on Nov. 10. 2020. She was born in Buffalo, New York, on Aug. 13, 1939, to Giuseppe and Filomena (Battaglia) Maurelli. She attended Buffalo State University where she earned her bachelor's degree. She went on to teach in Buffalo and Miami, Florida. She moved to Vermont in 1966. She was a longtime member of the Christian Family Circle Church in Westminster and actively involved with Camp Blessing. She was a social worker with the State of Vermont from 1976-2000. After retirement, she returned to teaching in Claremont, New Hampshire, and the Hopi Mission School in Arizona. She will be remembered by all who met her for her generous spirit, faith, her smile, laughter, spunk, hospitality and most importantly, her love of family. “You don’t choose your family; they are God’s gift to you as you are to them” - Desmond Tutu. In her last days, she was embraced in love by both her given and chosen family. Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the outpouring amount of love, support and prayers we have received during this journey. She was preceded in death by her parents; her infant daughter, Naomi; two brothers, John and Joseph Maurelli; and two sisters, Eva Hilderbrandt and Ruth Vastola. She leaves behind her lifelong companion, Don Schweisthal; two daughters, Lisa (Ted) Preister of North Dakota, and Ruth (Robert) Kenney of Montana; two granddaughters, Kayla Gilchrist and Helaena Preister; brother. Louis (Mary Ann) Maurelli; sister, Rebecca (Richard) Wegner; and numerous nieces and nephews. Due to the pandemic, a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial donations can be made in her honor to Camp Blessing (campblessing.com) or to the American Cancer Society.

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Don, Lisa, Ruth and families,

I am sorry you have list your bright light. Ginny was a wonderful woman full of caring. I have been thinking about.her a lot recently, and remembering our time working together. Sometimes we were too much alike and clashed and at other times we both had the same goal in mind. She always cared. With hugs for all. Patty Pickett (was Brogren)

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