Virginia Candelaresi
Virginia Candelaresi

Obituary of Virginia M. Candelaresi

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Ginny Candelaresi saddled up for her last ride to eternity on February 19,2022. Born in the Bronx, New York to William W. and Virginia (Grey) Brown on February 13, 1951, she was a Registered Nurse and avid horsewoman. Ms. Candelaresi lived in Lewis Township, Brown County where she raised American Quarter Horses. She bred and raised the 2012 Palomino World Champion Aged Stallion, Jz Two Eyed Patriot. She was a member of the team representing the United States at the first CanAm Equine Exhibition in London, Ontario. It was then that she helped start the Canadian Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team. She joined the Cowgirls in 2006 and was a member until her death. She was with the Cowgirls as the honor guard for Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. She travelled North America with the team, from Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes to the Calgary Stampede to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Locally, Ms. Candelaresi was the president of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Quarter Horse Association. Ginny earned her LPN from Booth School of Nursing in Covington and her RN from the University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters. She was also a Licensed Massage Therapist. She worked at Mercy Hospital Mariemont and then Anderson. The last twenty years of her career she worked at several nursing homes in Brown and Clermont counties as a night shift supervisor, charge nurse and director of nursing. She had a private massage therapy practice for several years, in the Williamsburg area and she would incorporate massage into her nursing care as often as possible. She said “Nursing is not a job, it is a calling” Ms. Candelaresi is survived by her partner Tim McKeown and their daughter Heather McKeown-Boothby (Josh), sisters Donna Butler and Elizabeth Bernecker (Steve) and brother William Brown (Virginia) as well as several nephews, nieces and friends in the US and Canada. A memorial Mass will be held at 12:00pm on Thursday March 10, 2022 at St. Michael Church, Ripley, Ohio. Visitation will be from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Catchen Family Funeral Home, Erlanger, serving the family. In Lieu of Flowers you can make a donation to Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank 1141 Central Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Thursday
10
March

Visitation

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, March 10, 2022
St. Michael's Church
16 N. 4th Street
Ripley, Ohio, United States
Thursday
10
March

Memorial Mass

12:00 pm
Thursday, March 10, 2022
St. Michael's Church
16 N. 4th Street
Ripley, Ohio, United States
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