Virginia E. Kinney, 65, of Bridgewater, died April 1 at New Milford Hospital. She was the longtime companion of the late Dimitri Tsigonia, of Astoria, Queens, N.Y.

She was born June 8, 1947, in New Milford, a daughter of the late Starr R. and Edith (Booth) Kinney. She was the valedictorian of the Class of 1965 at New Milford High School, graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in elementary education and received a master's degree in education from Herbert H. Lehman College of City University in New York.

She worked in the Yonkers, N.Y., school district for more than 30 years before retiring.

She loved to travel around the world to different exotic places while spending many summers in Greece.

She was an active member of St. Joseph's Arimathia Church in Elmsford, N.Y., while living in Yonkers, and was a Sunday school teacher and on the Altar Guild and vestry.

As a child, she was an active worker at the Bridgewater Country Fair, calling out bingo numbers.

She was also a 4H member, loved the Beatles and enjoyed going to Broadway musicals, of which "Les Miserables" was her favorite, seeing it five times.

Upon moving back to Bridgewater, she became an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, where she was on the vestry board and Altar Guild and was a reader for a number of years.

She was a past member of the Friends of the Burnham Library, and a longstanding member of the Merkeykincorclam Association. Everybody wants to be a clam, but not everybody can!

She is survived by three nieces, Jeanne Hagstrom Shannahan, and her husband, David, and their son, William, of Yonkers, N.Y.; Karen Hagstrom Burrows, and her husband, Stephen, of Stratford; and Carol Hagstrom Wilbur, and her children, Melanie and Casey, of Bridgewater.

A memorial service will take place April 20 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Main Street in Bridgewater. Her ashes will be buried in South Cemetery in Bridgewater at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 5 Main St. South, Bridgewater CT 06752.

The Colonial Funeral Home in New Milford is in charge of arrangements.