WESTMINSTER - Virginia Lois (Fontaine) Knight entered eternal rest on March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday, in Seymour, CT at the age of 91 ½. A resident of Westminster, MA for more than 50 years, Virginia moved to Connecticut to be near her daughter Valerie in 2016.
Virginia’s was a life well lived and well loved. Walking into her house at any time of the year, one could always smell the baked goods of the season – homemade whoopee pies in the spring, fresh blueberry (she had just picked) pies in the summer, cranberry nut bread and apple and pumpkin pies in the fall, and her famous Spritz and Christmas tree cookies and Mexican Wedding Cakes for Christmas.
Virginia was also an accomplished seamstress, crocheter, and country painter. Friends and family will well remember sitting at her kitchen table for a cup of coffee or tea, playing Yahtzee or Parcheesi or Crazy Eights. Her flower gardens brought her much joy, as did decorating her house both inside and out for the holidays. Her ability to spot a bargain at a yard sale was beyond compare, and she was most content simply going out for a ride in the countryside.
Virginia was predeceased by her parents Benjamin and Ella (Tatro) Fontaine, her husband of 46 years Calvin G. Knight, her brother and sister-in-law Benjamin and Lorraine Fontaine of Allentown, NH; her brother and sister-in law Charles and Jeanne Fontaine of Gresham, SC; and her sister and brother-in-law Eva and Leon Shaw. Virginia leaves her daughter Valerie and son-in-law Dominick and grandson Gianmichel Gandolfo Calvin Di Gangi of Bethany, CT, grandsons Matthew (Diane) Di Gangi of Melbourne Beach, FL, Paul Di Gangi of Birmingham, AL, and her brother Elmer (Diane) Fontaine of Ware, MA; brothers Allen (Lynette) Fontaine and Donald (Marie) Fontaine of Spencer, MA; and sisters Beverly Bassett of Orange City, FL and Donna Harding of Gardner, MA. Virginia also leaves more than 30 nieces and nephews, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews all throughout the country.
Thank you for all of the gifts of courage, kindness, laughter and love you have given to us all. Your smile will be with us always.
Funeral services and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to either Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Middlebury, CT, or Acuity Home Care in Shelton, CT who provided Virginia with much comfort in her final days.
May God keep Virginia forever in His special care.
Mack Funeral Home 105 Central St., Gardner is assisting with arrangements