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Virginia Koonz

Virginia Marie Koonz

Sunday, August 3rd, 1941 - Saturday, February 6th, 2021
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Virginia Marie Koonz, 79, of West Springfield, MA died Saturday February 6, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield after contracting Covid-19.
Virginia was born in Goshen, NY on August 3, 1941, the youngest child of Joseph H. and Therese (Gunther) Koonz. She attended the former St. Joseph's High School in North Adams and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Elms College in 1962.
When in North Adams, Virginia was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. After leaving the Berkshires, Virginia was first employed as a social worker, but her true vocation was teaching. She was a devoted teacher of special education students at West Springfield High School for many years, until her retirement in 2004. Virginia was a fiercely compassionate caretaker, known for her devotion to family, friends, and anyone in need. She will be remembered for her generous spirit and unfailing kindness.
Survivors include one sister, Theresa Joan Gazzaniga of South Glastonbury, CT and her beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. The Marden family of North Adams also held a special place in her heart. She was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers including Mary Ellen Koonz, Annette (Koonz) Leveque, Joseph H. Koonz, Jr., and Rev. John A. Koonz.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Virginia Koonz will be celebrated in the spring at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will be in Southview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Elizabeth’s in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
    70 Marshall St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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    A Memorial Mass will be at a time to be announced in the Spring.
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    Southview Cemetery
    1075 South Church St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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    Burial will be in the Spring.


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Mary Ann Cleary Lucia

Posted at 02:06pm
I was saddened to read of Ginny’s passing. As an Elms classmate of hers (Class of 1963,) I went back to our yearbook and reread what was written about her there. The phrases “sympathetic listener” and “wrapped in a vocation of love” continued to be true of her throughout her life. My deepest sympathies to her family. Mary Ann Cleary Lucia

benjamin irwin

Posted at 09:17pm
I'm so sorry. she was a great teacher

Lisa Groll

Posted at 06:46pm
Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ms. Koonz was one of my son's teachers at the high school & he always enjoyed being in her class. She was a very special person.

BARBARA A Rouillard

Posted at 10:42am
For the rest of my life I will miss you...keep watching over me. I will love you forever, Barbara

Mark Brawsay

Posted at 04:01pm
so sorry to hear of Virginias passing. I had her as a teacher at west side high, but she was more then a teacher she was a good friend not only through my high school years but also after. whenever I was going through something big in my life I always called her she always knew just what to say. she helped me so much through out my life. I will never forget her.

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