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Nov. 17, 1925 – Nov. 17, 2013

Virginia C. “Ginny” Lauria, of Williamsville, a leader in Catholic women’s organizations, died on her 88th birthday Thursday in Clare Bridge of Williamsville from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Born Virginia Gugino in Brant, she worked as a secretary for Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She later served as district clerk for the Williamsville Central School District.

Active for many years at St. Gregory the Great Church, she was a lector and president of the parish chapter of the Catholic Ladies of Charity.

In 2006, she was named one of the St. Gregory “Twelve,” in recognition of her mentoring to the poor.

During her two terms as president of the Western New York chapter of the Catholic Ladies of Charity, Mrs. Lauria inaugurated a program that provides free children’s books to families receiving donated clothing from the organization.

This program went on to be adopted by the Ladies of Charity in other cities.

Her husband, Thomas, operated Lauria Collision Service on Niagara Street with his brother, Joe, for many years and they fixed cars for a succession of Buffalo mayors.

One of their sons, Thomas J. Jr., is a Washington, D.C., public relations executive and writer.

Survivors also include another son, Dr. Gerald A.; a daughter, Linda C. Marinucci; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.