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Virginia M. Rijo
WOONSOCKET- Virginia M. Rijo 86, resident of North Smithfield passed away September 15, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at the Oakland Grove Health Center.
She was the devoted wife to the late Manuel Gaspar Rijo.
She was born in Seada, Portugal, a daughter of the late Manuel & Barbara (Alves) Pedro. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1966.
Virginia worked for the former Miller Electric Co. for 25 years. Resident of North Smithfield since 2008, and formerly of Woonsocket. She was member of the United Steel Workers Union, and the Portuguese Continental Union. She loved her family most of all. Virginia was an accomplished knitter and crocheter.
She is survived by her son, John M. Rijo of New York City, daughters, Maria L. Sekac of Cranston, and Maria C. Ferschke of Cumberland, grandchildren Christopher and Robert Rijo, Matthew and Ryan Sekac, great grandchildren, Jackson, Sam, Rebecca, and Elle Virginia Rijo, and her sister Gracinda Rijo.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Alberto, Anacleto, Jose, Manuel, Antonio, and Isidro Pedro.
Her funeral will be held Tuesday at 9am from the Egidio DiPardo and Sons Funeral Home 75 Harris Ave. Woonsocket, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Park Ave. Woonsocket. Burial will follow in St. Charles Cemetery in Blackstone. Calling hours will be held Monday from 2-4pm and 6-9pm.
The family would like to express thankful appreciation to the staff at the Oakland Grove Health Center for all their kindness and dedication in caring for their mother.