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June 25, 2014

Virginia Wierzbicki

Virginia Wierzbicki

NORWICH — Virginia M. Wierzbicki, 75, of Norwich, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown after suffering a severe stroke.

Born in Brooklyn on Jan. 11, 1939, Virginia was the daughter of Michael and Margaret (Harrington) Faye.

She graduated from St. Brendan’s High School in Brooklyn and then worked at the Equitable Life Insurance Company where she met her husband, Frank Wierzbicki, who she married on June 6, 1959, in Good Shepherd Church in Brooklyn.

Together, they moved to Norwich in 1993, where they enjoyed retirement.

In September of 2011, she was the recipient of a liver transplant after being diagnosed with Wilson’s Disease. After the surgery, she was able to enjoy her love for travel, family and the arts with great passion. She had just recently returned from a trip to Bermuda for the first time since her honeymoon to celebrate her 55th wedding anniversary.

Virginia was a member of St. Paul’s Church, the Garden Clubs,both of Norwich and Oxford, the Butternut Valley Arts & Crafts Center, the Norwich Home Bureau and of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), an organization that espouses “Women helping women reach for the stars.”

In addition to her husband, Frank of Norwich; she is also survived by her children and their spouses, Lisa and Bill Johnson of Edmeston and Chris and Allison Wierzbicki of New York City; as well as four grandchildren, David, Rebecca and Daniel Johnson and Christopher Buonincontri.

A Mass of Christian burial for Virginia will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at St. Paul’s Church.

Burial will be at a later date in New York City.

Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the New York Organ Donor Network, 460 West 34th St., 15th Floor, New York, NY 10001-3406 or to the CNY Make-A-Wish Foundation, 5005 Campuswood Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the Wilson Funeral Home website at

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