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Virginia Alice (Glendon) Wightman was called to heaven on Monday, February 1, 2021 peacefully with her family by her side. She is the beloved wife of the late Brice F. Wightman.
Virginia was born in Somerville and was the daughter of the late George and Bertha Glendon. Virginia was raised and educated in Somerville, Arlington and Medford where she graduated from high school. Virginia and Brice met at a New Year’s Eve Party when he was stationed in Massachusetts while serving in the United States Army. They married in 1953 and spent their honeymoon in Niagara Falls, Canada. Virginia and Brice moved to Burlington in 1958 and they relished in raising their four children, many dogs and becoming part of the community. When she was first married, Virginia worked for New England Telephone. After starting their family, she dedicated her life to raising her four children and making a warm and wonderful home. Nothing made Virginia happier than being with her family. She loved to bake and making personalized cookies was one of her specialties. During their retirement years Virginia and Brice traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Ireland.
Virginia was a member of the Burlington Historical Society. She also frequented the Senior Center where she had many friendships and took numerous trips with the group. She was also very involved in the Girl Scouts throughout her life. Virginia was a woman of deep faith and a longtime member of St. Malachy’s Church. She was very involved in the church during her younger years and a member of the Morgairs. She loved to sing and harmonize especially with her sister Dot.
She was so proud of being Nana and deeply loved her wonderful grandchildren who brought immense joy to her life. She had a positive impact on everyone she met and never had a bad word to say. She loved to “people watch” and was quick to laugh and say “what a riot”. She was a wonderful mother to her four children, she supported us and instilled the importance of family, honesty and kindness which is how she lived her life.
Virginia was the beloved wife of the late Brice F. Wightman. She was the loving mother of Bryce F. Wightman of Andover, William P. Wightman of Salem, NH, Carol A. Murphy & her late husband Fred of Derry, NH and Lynn M. Schipelliti & her husband Jim of North Reading. Virginia was the proud Nana of Ryan Murphy & his wife Crystal, Erin Putnam & her husband Greg, Katie Murphy, Sarah, Christopher & Sandra Schipelliti and Sean Hipps. Great grandmother of Adelyn Murphy and Connor, Braden & Allison Putnam. Sister of Dorothy Ahern of Arlington and the late Theresa Levasseur, Daniel and George Glendon. Godmother to Sister Jane Iannaccone. A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Malachy Church in St. Veronica Parish on Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to view the Mass by going to the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home website and clicking of Virginia’s obituary. In lieu of flowers memorials in Virginia’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, MA Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452