Virginia E. Nero

Virginia NeroVirginia Ellis Nero, 87 of Danbury, died on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Filosa for Nursing and Skilled Care, Danbury.

She was born October 13, 1926 in North Adams Mass, a daughter of Richard and Carrie Haddad Ellis. Virginia moved to Bethel Connecticut as a small child where she and her four sisters graduated from Bethel High School. She was a 1944 honors graduate. In 1951 she married Joseph Nero Jr and moved to Danbury where and her husband raised their two sons and owned and operated Nero’s Paint and Wallpaper store on Elm St. They lived above the store in a 15 room Victorian house which they had restored. It was the lively meeting place for family and friends. When her husband suffered an untimely death at the age of 48, Virginia sold the business and moved to a smaller house as her sons had gone off to college. The house was across from a big open field which pleased her. She had no sooner settled in when she found out that a developer planned to buy the open space to build condominiums. She joined forces with other residents, hired a lawyer and urged the city to put it to a referendum to buy the property. They did, it was passed, and that property became Terrywille Park. Virginia continued to be an active member of her community and took great pride in knowing everyone in town. She was the first employee of the Danbury Commission on aging, which later developed the Danbury Senior Center. In 1978 she became employed by the City of Danbury Tax Collectors office. She then worked at the Cat Clinic, which her son Dr. Thomas Nero had opened.

She was an accomplished quilter. Her very first quilt was published. She help design and make the Danbury BIcentennial Quilt, which is at the Danbury Historical Society. She was also an excellent cook, especially of traditional Lebanese dishes, which she enjoyed preparing with her family and friends at St. Ann's, where she was a member.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Nero Jr., her son Thomas Nero, sisters Juliette Eno and Wanda Shaker. She is survived by her son Joseph P Nero, III, daughter-in-law Betty Nero, sisters Dorothy Ryan and Eleanor Randazzo, brothers-in-law Fred Randazzo and David Shaker, granddaughters Tracy Grippo, Marci Castelli and great grandchildren Vincent Castelli and Ava Grippo. She found great joy from her large family of 20 nieces and nephews and their families.

The Rite of Burial will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:30 am in St. Ann Melkite Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd. (Rt. 39N), Danbury, CT with Archimandrite Michael Skrocki officiating.

Interment will take place in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury at the direction of the family.

The family will receive friends at St. Ann Church on Saturday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Ann Melkite Church Building Fund, 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury, CT 06811.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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