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Virginia Louise "Ginger" Larry Zaccagnini, 90, of Fairmont passed away Saturday (Jan. 20, 2018) at John Manchin, Sr. Assisted Living Center in Farmington. She was born in Shinnston on July 1, 1927, daughter of the late Tony, Sr. and Rose (Levato) Larry (Loria) from San Giovanni in Fiori, Italy. Ginger apparently died of a broken heart after losing her partner on Jan. 9, 2018.
Ginger graduated from Monongah High School and moved to Detroit for a brief time. She worked for the government before returning to Fairmont.
Upon her return, she met her husband of 70 years, Rudy, at a dance. They married shortly afterward and she went to work with his parents in The Log Cabin Inn in Rivesville cooking spaghetti and meatballs. Soon after, they opened the Stardust Night Club in Rivesville where they began their ballroom dancing career.
Ginger co-owned Ginger's Apparel with her husband for 34 years. She outfitted many young women in prom and wedding gowns in Fairmont and surrounding areas. She took pride in her work and gave each customer her personal attention to detail.
Outside of work, she was an enthusiastic mother, homemaker and cook. Both immediate and extended family were very important to her. She made a point of keeping in touch with her brother, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins, attending many reunions. Ginger enjoyed gardening both flowers and vegetables. She canned her summer produce and prepared many a family meal with it. She enjoyed entertaining at her home with homemade goodies for neighbors and friends.
Ginger continued to dance with Rudy regularly for 70 years, where they were known by many; and now the dance goes on.
Ginger is survived by her three children, Rudolph Zaccagnini, Jr. and fiancé Sandra, Larry Zaccagnini and wife Sharon, and Giacinta "Cindie" Sabaugh and husband Gary; three grandchildren, Cara Cervo, Christa Zuspan and Asher Zaccagnini; sisters, Connie Johnston of Arizona, Lena Michelozzi of Virginia, and Gloria Boehm of Pennsylvania; sister-In-law Emily Larry of California, Aunt Lou Spina of Arizona; and many cousins, nieces and nephews from the west coast to the east coast.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy; a sister, Jean Larry DiLaura, and a brother, Tony Larry.
The family will receive friends from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave., Fairmont. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at the Immaculate Conception Church in Fairmont with Father Jojan Joseph as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Shinnston Memorial Cemetery in Shinnston. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a contribution to a charity of your choice.
Online Condolences may be sent to the Family at www.domicofh.com.
Published on January 22, 2018
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