Obituary of Virginia D'Antonio
Virginia Beatrice Wright D’Antonio
November 25, 1937 – May 30, 2019
Virginia (Ginnie) D’Antonio, age 81, of Manhasset, NY died peacefully and surrounded by love, on Ascension Thursday. The daughter of Thomas and Sally Wright, Virginia grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and was proud to be a New Yorker. After high school at Fontbonne Academy, she graduated at the top of her class in chemistry from Rosemont College in 1959. She then worked as a chemist at W.R. Grace prior to beginning her 56-years of marriage to William J. D’Antonio. In 1963, the couple moved to Manhasset. In addition to being a devoted alumna of Rosemont, and a long-time parishioner at Church of St. Mary’s (Roman Catholic), Ginnie was a committed civic volunteer, donating her talents to many organizations, especially the Friends of Manhasset Library and the NY State Society Professional Engineers. She also enjoyed working for the Science Museum of Long Island and the Village of Plandome Manor.
Ginnie applied her keen intellect as a member of a local investment club, and satisfied her interest in genealogy (and wanderlust) through travels to all parts of the world. She was well known for always having a passport at the ready for spontaneous adventure. Trips with her extended family were a particular joy.
In addition to her husband, she leaves behind her three children, Lisa D’Antonio Bryan (Peter) of Allentown, PA, Christopher (Lori) of North Merrick, and Gregory of Manhasset, as well as grandchildren Christian (Anna), Eileen, Emily and Abigail. Also surviving her is a brother, Thomas Wright (BettyJo) of Clinton, NC and extended family in Chicago. Ginnie also leaves behind a large number of beloved friends, including friends of her children who thought of her as their “New York Mom.” She will be greatly missed and memories of her life will be deeply cherished.
In lieu of flowers, consider donating to “The Experience Fund of Rosemont College.” https://www.rosemontgiving.com