Virginia Fleszar Obituary (2021) – Cortland, NY

Virginia (Zigadlo) Fleszar

CORTLANDVILLE – Virginia (Zigadlo) Fleszar, born October 17, 1930 in Auburn, NY, daughter of Peter Zigadlo and Mary Knap.

1949 graduated from Auburn Central High School, 1954 graduated from Cortland State with undergraduate degree where she was a member of Arethusa Sorority. After a short stay in Florida and Colorado, she spent 60 years in the town of Cortlandville.

Worked as a primary school teacher, briefly in Auburn, then at the former Pomeroy School in Cortland, and for years at the Cassavant School in McLean (Dryden Central School District), retiring in 1993.

Predeceased by her parents, husband Edward Fleszar, sons: Hannes and Eric, and brother Joseph Zigadlo. Survived by daughter Ruth Fleszar and husband Dr. John Jetty from Painted Post; son Peter Fleszar and wife Krista Cessna from Hummelstown, PA; grandchildren: Rachel and Laurel Fleszar; step-grandchildren: Kimberly, Michael, and Amanda Jetty; sister-in-law Jannette Zigadlo; along with countless nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren.

Virginia was extremely devoted to her children and grandchildren; for her students; and after her retirement has been active in St. Mary’s Church, Catholic Daughters Court Cortland 919, Legion of Mary, Religious Education and in numerous organizations such as Cortland County NAMI-NYS, Boy and Girl Scouting and American Red Cross, and received a number of awards for her dedicated community service over many years. Gla, as her granddaughter affectionately called her, was known for enjoying a creme de menthe cocktail, baking copious amounts of Christmas cookies, and sending birthday cards with balloons.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Mary’s Church Office, 59 N. Main St., Cortland, NY 13045; to the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network for Children’s Cancer Care in memory of Virginia’s late son Hannes Peter Fleszar, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326; Cortland Chenango Rural Services, Inc., 2704 Lower Cincinnatus Rd., PO Box 57, Cincinnatus, NY 13040; or Catholic Charities Diocese of Syracuse, 1654 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

A Mass of Christian Funeral will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 46 N. Main St., Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:00 am under the chairmanship of Rev. Joseph Zareski. Cortland. Prayers of dedication will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Cortland, NY.

The schemes are headed by Riccardi Funeral Home, Cortland, NY.

Published by The Citizen on May 18, 2021.

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