Virginia Marie Dragotti
October 12, 1930 - January 30, 2022
Born in the Bronx, NY to a close, big Italian family, everyone loved
As an adult, she was a loving mother - she raised three amazing
daughters, and four grandchildren. Despite all the time and energy that
took, as a working Mom, Ginny never held back on giving everyone the
love that she felt they deserved.
With that same spirit, she led a life as a hard-working, dedicated,
and independent woman. She allowed that innate selflessness and love
to translate to her work as a waitress, where serving others was her
forté and passion. If Ginny was your server, you knew you’d be taken
She was an incredible cook, with her speciality being her family’s
homestyle Italian tradition - Sausage and Peppers, Baked Ziti,
Zeppoles…she made it all. And you wouldn’t be the first to ask for her
incredible meatball or cheesecake recipes!
The people who loved her called her by many names; Mom, Nana,
Aunt Ginny, Queen, and Nukes were just a few. She took on those names
with a smile and a laugh that warmed your heart.
Like all great Nana’s, Ginny had a book of catch-phrases, most
● “How’s everything…how are you..” - She cared about you and
your loved ones first…
● “You look like you put on weight…you look good!” - She was
always concerned that you were healthy and not TOO skinny.
● “You gotta eat!”, “Eat, Eat, Eat!” - You were never getting away
with just a single serving. She would make sure of it!
● “Everything changes…” - She possessed a simple and humble
wisdom to life and used it to ease your worries.
She was a generous soul and would give you the shirt off her back,
even when she had nothing to give. Every time she saw her grandkids,
she made sure to give them money - it didn’t matter if they needed it,
she gave it!
She was a faithful, humble, and dedicated Catholic who prayed the
rosary daily. When you asked who she admired most, she would always
respond, “Mother Teresa…”
And though her time on earth has come to an end, the 91 years she
spent among us will live on in our memories. We are all eternally
grateful for the unconditional love that we experienced as a part of her
We’ll miss you Mom…until we meet again.
"People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway"