Virgil A. Righi, 93NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Virgil A. Righi, 93, of 85 Eagle St., St. Joseph's Court, and a former longtime resident of Readsboro, Vt., died Tuesday, April 2, 2014, at his home.
Born in Dare, Austria, on Dec. 3, 1920, son of Achille and Agnes Dalbon Righi, he came to the United States at the age of 8 and attended schools in Readsboro.
A Coast Guard veteran of World War II, he served from 1942 to 1946 as a gunner's mate, third class, on the USS Lansing. He completed the beach patrol petty officer's school and the gunner's mate school. He was decorated with the American and World War II Victory Ribbons, the Good Conduct Award, the Asiatic and Pacific Ribbon and the European, African, Middle Eastern Ribbon.
Mr. Righi was the owner and operator of Righi's Appliance on Marshall Street for 35 years.
He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church and of St. Joachim's Church in Readsboro, where he was a eucharistic minister. He was a member of the American Legion Post 29 in Readsboro, the Knights of Columbus and the Readsboro Lions Club.
He and his wife, the former Rose M. Moresi, were married on June 28, 1947, in the former St. Anthony of Padua Church.
Besides his wife of 66 years, he leaves a daughter, Janice Carlinsky and her husband, Mitchell, of Setauket, Long Island, N.Y.; three sons, Thomas Righi of Hudson, James Righi and his wife, Debra, of Stamford, and and Wayne Righi of Readsboro; two sisters, Agnes Yorke of North Adams and Mary Ziemba of Middletown, Conn.; four grandchildren, Christopher Righi of Stamford, Bryan Carlinsky of Huntington Beach, Calif., Tracy Carlinsky of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jennifer Stevens and her husband, Jason, of Pooler, Ga.; two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Kaleigh Stevens, and many nieces and nephews.
His brothers Julio, Achille and Angelo Righi are deceased.
FUNERAL NOTICE — The Funeral Mass for Mr. Righi will be celebrated Saturday, April 12, at 11 from St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will be in Village Cemetery in Readsboro later in the spring.
Calling hours will be Friday, April 11, from 3 to 7 at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St., North Adams. In lieu of flowers, send donations to St. Joachim's Church, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, or the American Legion Post 29 of Readsboro in care of the funeral home.