Peabody, formerly of Lynn — Virginia (De Lotto) McEnaney of Peabody passed away peacefully on Monday, October 28, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Guiseppina (Del Favero) De Lotto of San Vito di Cadore, Italy, and was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but was a longtime resident of Lynn, Massachusetts. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Paul B. McEnaney and their eldest son, Paul L. McEnaney, as well as by her two brothers, Bert and David De Lotto. Virginia is survived by her daughter, Virginia Potter and her husband, Mark, of Hamilton; her son, David and his wife, Elissa, of Boston; granddaughter, Katherine Nagy of Beverly; grandson, Mark A. Potter Jr. of Boston; granddaughter, Elizabeth J. Potter of Hamilton and many nieces and nephews. She was the proud great-grandmother of Gavin and Griffin Nagy of Beverly.
Virginia graduated from West Technical High School and promptly joined the United States Navy with the blessing of her father. “Ginny” proudly served her country as a W.A.V.E. during WWII, during which time she met and married her husband, Paul, with whom she shared almost forty years of marriage. She enjoyed traveling to different parts of the country while in the Navy and continued to foster her love of travel in her retirement. Ginny enjoyed traveling to Aruba and Florida and made frequent visits to Las Vegas and Foxwoods to play the slots. One of her happiest trips was when she was able to take her children to Italy to tour the country and visit relatives in her parents’ village.
Ginny worked for a number of years at Champion Lamp in Lynn before receiving her degree from Northeastern University in Fine Arts at the age of 56. She retired at the age of 81 after 16 years of service to Eastern Bank in the safety deposit room. She was a proud member of the North Shore Branch of American Association of University Women, WAVES National, Old Ironsides, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Boston Ballet. Many years of afternoons were spent with her daughter and friends enjoying the latest exhibits at the MFA and as well as classical ballets.
Ginny served as a former Commander and Chaplain of the American Legion Lillian Jennings Post 243, one of the only “all women” veterans’ posts in America. She served as an ombudsman for Greater Lynn Senior Services for over 25 years and enjoyed giving back to her community any way she could, visiting nursing homes and driving the elderly to weekly church services.
Ginny proudly and patriotically traveled to Washington, D.C. with many other veterans for the dedication of the WWII Memorial. Ginny was also present in her hometown of Lynn for the groundbreaking and dedication of the Women’s Veterans’ Memorial.
Ginny will be tremendously missed by her family and friends, who loved her dearly. Her optimistic nature and kind spirit will live on in the memories and in the lives of those who loved her most. She was a woman before her time and her legacy will quietly live on in every woman who enlists in the United States Navy. Donations may be made in Ginny’s memory to All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01901, in acknowledgment for the outstanding care and services provided to her and her family in the last months of her life. The family would also like to recognize and thank the staff of Sunrise Gardner Park in Peabody, where Ginny spent the last years of her life making dozens of new friends, for the amazing and personalized care they provided. Ginny was truly happy to live out her days at Sunrise.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., (corner of North St.), Salem to be followed by a Funeral Mass at 12 p.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 8 South Common Street, Lynn, MA 01902. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemtery, Lynn. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to All Care VNA & Hospice Development Office, 210 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01901. For online guest book or additional information please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.