Obituaries

Virginia A. (Colucci) Salera

February 19th, 2014

Virginia A. (Colucci) Salera, fondly known as “Ginny”, a longtime resident of Wilmington passed away peacefully on February 19, 2014, following a lengthy and courageous battle with Lewy Body dementia.

Virginia was born in Cambridge, MA  in 1931; she was the cherished daughter of the late Steven and Evelyn ( Ardito) Colucci.  Ginny was raised and educated in Wilmington, MA and she was a graduate of  Wilmington High School.

In her younger years, she played the piano, was a member of the National Honor Society and had fun family cookouts with her aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Ginny met the “love of her life” Albert  Salera while working in Woburn, he an aspiring plumber. They married   in 1953 and built a house in Wilmington, two doors down from her father and eventually next door to her sister Janet.

Ginny and Al had a great life together, raised a beautiful family, and became a great “team” in every sense of the word.  Ginny became a loving, doting mother when her first child, David was born and three years later came her daughter Diane, they were the light of her life.

When her husband Al decided it was time to venture out on his own and start Shawsheen Plumbing & Heating Corporation Ginny was right at his side supporting him every step of the way.  Ginny got very involved in the business; she was the scheduler, bookkeeper, customer service rep., in fact she did everything but the plumbing.

Ginny loved spending time with her family and friends; whether it was a day out with her sister Janet  to go shopping or out to lunch, the countless family cookouts in the pine grove, the spaghetti feeds on Sunday’s, Red Sox games, or the many vacations to Lake Winnipesaukee and the family cottage in NH , the whole group always had a great time.

Ginny was also very talented, she was a wonderful knitter and created many ceramic pieces that she shared with family and friends.  These were wonderful gifts that came from the heart and will forever be cherished.

Anyone who knew Ginny knew how much she loved flowers, working around the yard, and bird-watching. Her love of flowers stayed with her to the end.

Ginny will be fondly remembered as a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, auntie, great-auntie, and a dear friend.  Ginny cherished each of these roles and the time spent with those she loved.  Ginny always had everyone’s best interest at heart and she will be greatly missed by all.

Virginia was the devoted wife of the late Albert Salera, beloved mother of David Salera and his wife Lori of Nottingham, NH and Diane Clifton and her husband James of Wilmington, MA, cherished daughter of the late Steven and Evelyn (Ardito) Colucci, dear sister of Janet O’Connor and her husband Alfred T. O’Connor of Wilmington, loving aunt of Thomas O’Connor and his wife Michelle and their children Alyssa and Camron O’Connor of Marshfield.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, February 24th at 12:00 noon.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, February 23rd from 4-7 p.m.  Memorial donations in Virginia’s name may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA  30047.

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6 Entries in Guest Book for “Virginia A. (Colucci) Salera”

  1. Patty HUghes says:

    Diane and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved your mother and all the hardships you endured in these last few months. At least now she is at peace. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to ask. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Barbara Forester says:

    Diane, David, Janet and Family,

    Leo and I want you all to know how sorry we are about Ginny’s passing. I am glad I got to know her as well as I did and will miss our little talks at the fence. She was a wonderful lady and a great neighbor, we both thought the world of her and shall miss her. She will always be in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.
    Fondly,
    Barbara & Leo Forester

  3. Phil Cuoco says:

    David and Diane, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, I will keep you both in my thoughts, and in my prayers.

  4. Alice & George Hooper says:

    David and Diane:
    Alice and I are sorry too hear about your loss,we will keep your Mom in our prayers.

  5. Carol Weigel DiFranco says:

    Diane,
    I learned yesterday from our mutual friend and college classmate, Maureen Stephens about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Carol

  6. Michael & Rita Disbrow says:

    We have been thinking of you since we learned the news and are so very sorry this has happened. Our prayers continue to be with you. When one is sad, grab a cat. Ricki and Lucy will have a big job, but they are there for you. We know they will comfort you. We will call you at a later time. Our love and prayers to you.

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