Virginia G. Brannigan (née McGrath), 89, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and Aunt, passed away on January 29, 2021. She was born December 29, 1931, in Atlantic City to Thomas and Nina McGrath. Giggi is preceded in death by her husband Michael, whom she was married to for 48 loving years, her sisters Ellen (Dr. Thomas Hogan) and Katie (George Seifried), brothers Robert (Dorothy) and Thomas (Dorothy). Survivors include her daughter Nina, son Michael (Marie) of Palatine, Illinois, grandsons Daniel and Joshua, and sister-in-law Kitty Soraghan of Dundalk. She leaves behind many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends.
A lifelong Atlantic County resident, Giggi graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1949 and resided in Absecon and Northfield. She worked for Bell Telephone for 40 years and developed lifelong friendships and countless memories with the girls from the Bell. She found her passion and volunteered for 25 years at Social Services under Sister Grace Nolan in Atlantic City. Giggi and two others in 2013 received the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards for public service. The following year, she received the Individual Action Award from US Catholic Charities. Giggi and Mike enjoyed traveling, especially to Ireland, where many fond memories were made. She loved visiting her grandsons in Illinois, playing cards with Sue, Mary Lou, and Vince, having tea at Dorothy’s, sharing wine with Lois, and spending time with her beloved family to celebrate and enjoy life.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Gianna Parish, 1421 New Road, Northfield. The Mass will be live-streamed on St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish’s Facebook page. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing. The family plans to honor and share memories of her beautiful life later this year with relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Social Services 9 N. Georgia Ave Atlantic City, NJ 08401.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.