Virginia Bagshaw Calvo

CATSKILL - Virginia Bagshaw Calvo, 96, of Catskill, died, after a brief illness, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, while in the loving care of family members under the guidance and support of Hospice.

She was the adored wife of Manolo “Manny” Calvo who predeceased her in April, 2004. Virginia Louise Hoffman “Ginny” was born October 30, 1923, in Kingston, NY, she was the daughter of Frances and Frederick Hoffman. The Ulster County Apple Blossom Queen graduated from Kingston High School, 1941 and Syracuse University, 1945. While attending University she met fellow student James R. Bagshaw. They were married in 1944. In 1942 James chose to serve his country. Lt. Bagshaw, a US Naval test pilot, died when his plane crashed on Dec.9, 1944. Ginny returned to Kingston with her 5 very young children; Barbara (Ned), Jim (Maureen), Bill, Mike (Donna) and Steve (Jacque).

Always an adventurer and a believer in living life she was determined not to spend another “cold winter” in New York. Her solution was to pack up her five children, a steamer trunk and on October 1953 they sailed for the Island of Mallorca. There in the city of Palma she met Manolo who fell deeply in love with Virginia as well as her 5 children. They married in June 1954. Over the coming years the family grew and welcomed Juana Maria Blauberg “Nita” (Chris), Manolo “Nito” (Debbie) and Fred (Renee).

They returned to the US in November, 1955; eventually settling in Catskill, in 1956. Virginia led a busy life caring for and guiding her 8 children to a life of independence. As her children grew she became a familiar face at CHS working as a substitute teacher and then as co-owner of Greene County Travel.

Upon retirement in 1981 Virginia and Manolo once again avoided those “cold winters”. Their adventures led them to Altata, Mexico, which they claimed had “the best fishing in the world”. There they built an apartment to which they returned annually until Manolo’s death in 2004.

In her widowed years she was kept busy by her numerous children, grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. The Gold Star Mother filled her days with her love of cooking, traveling, her bookclub, being with friends and especially playing Bridge which introduced her to many new cherished friendships.

This strange time in which we find ourselves does not permit a memorial service. Enjoy your warm memories of Ginny. She led a brilliant life. Donations maybe made to St Jude, Shriners Hospital or Hospice.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1


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