SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 12, 2013

Virginia "Ginny" Carnevale


Melbourne, Fla. — Virginia ‘Ginny’ (Koufopoulos) Carnevale died peacefully Tuesday February 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Fla. with her daughter, Stephanie by her side. She was the wife of the late George ‘Dube’ Carnevale who died in May 1990.

Born in Fitchburg, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Starvoula (Papas) Koufopoulos. She and her six brothers and sisters were raised in Lynn where Ginny spent most of her young adulthood. After graduating from Lynn Classical High School, she worked for twenty years as an executive administrative assistant at General Electric.

After marrying Dube, she moved to Beverly where she enjoyed many years of co-ownership and working alongside Dube at their restaurants, Carbone’s Lunch and then at the Post Office Diner. Ginny’s greatest joy however, was her son, Michael, and her daughter, Stephanie, with whom she dedicated so much of her life to supporting, loving, and encouraging them in all their endeavors.

Ginny moved to Florida in 2006 and soon became the inspiration for Ginny’s Place, an assisted living facility for women, owned and operated by Stephanie and her husband, Scott Durgin. Seven years later, with Ginny as its most charismatic resident, Ginny’s Place Assisted Living Facilities, has expanded to three area homes in Melbourne, Fla., providing loving care and assistance to women. Ginny was the heart and soul of Ginny’s Place providing friendship, companionship and laughter to all she came in contact with.

Ginny is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Mia Carnevale and her granddaughter, Sophia of Greensboro N.C.; her daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Scott Durgin and granddaughter, Carly and grandson, Nicholas of Melbourne Fla.; her many nieces and nephews, friends near and far, and her dedicated and loving staff at Ginny’s Place.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, February 13, from 4-7 p.m. in the Grondin Funeral Home, 376 Cabot St. Beverly. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Her funeral service will be privately held on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to The Ginny’s Place Assisted Living Activities Program, 730 Whispering Pines Circle, Melbourne Florida 32940, where present and future residents of Ginny’s Place can continue to be inspired by Ginny’s love of laughter, comfort of companionship and friendship, desire to maintain independence and a daily pledge to live each day to its fullest. Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery. For more information and to send online condolences, please visit www.grondinfuneralservices.com