Virginia Dolores DiStefano Doucet, born Jan. 2, 1920, in Utica, N.Y., passed away at home on Feb. 7, 2013, surrounded by family.
Born the youngest of three to Italian immigrants, Virginia was a member of the generation that walked uphill to school, in the snow both ways, but would become part of the generation that corresponded by email and text, both of which she did well. She caught a train from New York City to Washington, D.C., when she was 24 years old to become one of the first employees at the Pentagon. There she met, Robert, the love of her life, who was stationed at Bolling Air Force Base. As an Air Force wife she lived in Hawaii, Missouri, Germany, and finally in California. She retired from David Grant hospital at Travis Air Force Base.
She was a Kaiser volunteer for over 27 years, where she formed many lasting friendships. Virginia took classes in ornamental horticulture at Solano Community College and was known in the family for the beautiful ceramic santas she painted and her great pasta sauce.
She is survived by daughters, Mary (John) Doucet-Rosenberger of Dixon and Betti Doucet of Tombstone, Ariz.; grandchildren, Eric (Staci) Rosenberger and Lisa Rosales; great-grandchildren, Madisyn, Nathan, Aemonn and Brianna; her beloved nephew and niece, Ben and Carolyn Provenzano and family; best friend, Sue Manthei; and two very spoiled cats.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Doucet; parents, Joseph and Josephine DiStefano; sister, Mary (Victor) Provenzano and brother, Frank (Vicki) DiStefano.
She will be dearly missed.
The family would like to thank the Sutter Home Care team, Wendy, Gloria, Vicky and Flor for their kindness during Virginia’s last days.
Services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at Nadeau Family Funeral Home, 180 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville. Interment will follow at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Nadeau Family Funeral Home, www.NadeauFuneralHome.com 707-455-7700.