Virginia Mary Orfao died on Nov. 29 surrounded by her loving family. She was 87.
She is survived by her husband, John Orfao, and her children: JoAnn McIntosh, of
Hinesville, Ga.; Elizabeth Mele, of Hull; Michael Orfao of Framingham; Philip Orfao, of Manchester, N.H.; John Orfao, of Lacey, Wash.; Janet Riscica, of Niskayuna, N.Y.; and Gina Gerfao, of New Haven, Conn. She also leaves her siblings, Theresa Cogliano and Joseph DiVito, of Hull.
She was predeceased by her parents, Nazzareno and Georgina DiVito, her brother, Nazzareno DiVito Jr., and her sister, Louise Marciano, all of Hull, and her sister, Mary Jones, of North Augusta, S.C. Virginia was born at home, in Hull, on Oct. 2, 1934. She graduated from Hingham High School, class of 1952. She was married on June 29, 1957, to John Orfao. John and his two buddies were encouraged to ask out three of the DiVito sisters. Within a few years they had all happily married. John and Virginia were married for 64 years.
Virginia was a devoted mother to seven, grandmother (Mimi) to 31, and great-grandmother to 11. Countless others considered her a second mother to them. Her greatest joy in life was gathering with her family. She also enjoyed attending Mass, gardening, cooking for a crowd, puzzles, playing cards, and watching her soap operas.
Her door was always open, and her presence was always welcoming to all.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday, Dec. 3, from 4-7 p.m., at Pyne-Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central Street), Hingham. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 4, in St. Ann’s Church, Hull, at 10:30 a.m. Cremation will follow.
Those wishing to honor Virginia are invited to make a donation in her name to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, St. Ann’s Church in Hull.