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Virginio Valentino Brieda

February 14, 1929 ~ December 18, 2020 (age 91)

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In Loving Memory of

Virginio Valentino Brieda 


Virginio passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020 at the age of 91 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  He was originally from the country of Italy, born to Giovanni Brieda and Teresa Zaghet.  Following his service in the Italian Army and his travels to various parts of the world, including Europe and South America, Virginio immigrated to Canada, settling in Edmonton, Alberta. There, he met and married his wife of over 60 years, Helena. Together, they had two children: first Teresa, and then two years later, her brother Raymond.  Not long afterwards, Virginio was offered work in the States by a relative, and so the family moved to their new home in Cleveland, Ohio in 1962.  Always a responsible and hard-working man, Virginio was employed by a numberof different companies over the years.  However, his favorite job was his last, working for East Ohio Gas Co. as a gas line repairman. Virginio loved both the freedom of moving about in the fresh outdoors and the independence that it gave him. He finally retired in 1994. Virginio had a natural gift for working with numbers; therefore, he loved anything having to do with mathematics. He especially enjoyed working with his investments in the stock market. His other interests included watching old classic Westerns, bowling, football and soccer games, playing cards, and Italian bocce ball.  A Roman Catholic, Virginio was a long-time member of St. Joseph Parish in Mantua, Ohio, and then following the family’s later move to Chicago, he attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Huntley, Illinois.  Virginio was preceded in death by his beloved wife Helena, and his beloved son Raymond. He is survived by his devoted daughter, Teresa.  A Catholic Mass will be held at St. Joseph at 11045 St. Joseph Blvd. in Mantua, Ohio on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.  Immediately afterwards, Burial will be at the West Lawn Cemetery at 3983 Ohio 82 in Mantua.  Both will be videotaped and later posted for viewing on the Shorts-Spicer-Crislip Funeral Home’s website.  The family would like to give special thanks to The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho and Heartland Hospice Care for all of their loving and devoted services to Virginio, especially during the last few precious months of his life.

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Funeral Service

Committal Service


Mass of Christian Burial
January 4, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
11045 St. Joseph Blvd.
Mantua, Ohio 44255

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