Virginia Melley
Virginia Melley
Virginia Melley
Virginia Melley
Virginia Melley

Obituary of Virginia Melley

Virginia Ann Melley, 92, of Red Hook, peacefully departed this world March 19th, the last day of winter. Born on August 4, 1924 in Poughkeepsie, to Anna Madonna, a seamstress, and Peter Madonna, a local barber and hair salon owner, she is the last surviving sibling of the six Madonna sisters, Theresa Bonahue, Florence Van Norstrand, Emma Blasi, Ann Snyder and Francis Schneid Kraut and a brother, Peter, also deceased. After graduation from Poughkeepsie High School, Virginia worked at two local department stores, Lucky Platt & Co. and Wallace's before taking a position at IBM, Poughkeepsie, where she worked until the start of her 66-year marriage, in 1949, to her late husband James C. Melley, of Red Hook. They had two sons, Christopher D. Melley, PhD, a professor of philosophy, residing in Okinawa, Japan with his wife Fumiko Melley, and Steven M. Melley, a Rhinebeck attorney. "Gram" loved and doted on each of her four loving grandchildren, Steven Jonathan Melley, Olivia Melley, Bennett Melley, Aliza Melley Madden, and son-in-law Nick Madden. "Ginny" Melley loved life and all things interested her – flowers and plants, her senior friends, "Jeopardy", grocery shopping, cooking, restaurants, babies, dancing to "real music", her grandchildren's art, school plays, local musical performances, and especially her well-fed wild birds whom she treated like part of the extended family. Never without a thought-through opinion, Mom frequently contacted manufacturers to register a complaint or make a suggestion to improve their products. Her advice for living a long and happy life, "If you have enough, be satisfied with what you have. Don't smoke! Speak up! Stick together! Love each other! and be strong, like soldiers." Enjoying this spring, with all its growth and color and life, will certainly be more difficult for those who knew and loved Virginia, but she would have wanted us to take the next step into the new season and live well. Arrangements are through Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 South Broadway, Red Hook, New York 12572, tel. (845)758-5042. Calling hours will be on Friday, March 24th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Burnett & White, followed by remarks in Celebration and Remembrance of her life. Friends are invited and family will convene at 8 p.m. at the home of Steven Melley, 88 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, for food and refreshments. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.