This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend, Virginia Brohard.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 9, at 10:30am at St. Michael's by-the-Sea, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008

In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to the San Diego Public Library Foundation https://supportmylibrary.org/ and/or to St. Michael's by-the-Sea https://stmichaelsbythesea.org/give/.


Posted by Joanna Mancusi on February 10, 2020
On the first anniversary of Virginia's passing, I miss her more than I can say. I am reminded of her every day no matter where I am or what I am doing. Discoveries so far include a collection of greeting cards--she kept each and every greeting card (birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.) she received--and events that were important to her are chronicled on film. These artifacts give us a glimpse into her extraordinary life. I love you Mom.
Posted by Joanna Mancusi on March 1, 2019
Our beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away on 19 February. She was a gift to this world and all those she touched. She is remembered for her senses of fun and humor, her kindness, her extraordinary spirit, generosity and intelligence. What she loved, I loved. My life will never be the same without her, but I am the luckiest girl in the world because she was my mom. In the immortal words of A. A.Milne's Winnie the Pooh, "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

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Posted by Joanna Mancusi on February 10, 2020
On the first anniversary of Virginia's passing, I miss her more than I can say. I am reminded of her every day no matter where I am or what I am doing. Discoveries so far include a collection of greeting cards--she kept each and every greeting card (birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.) she received--and events that were important to her are chronicled on film. These artifacts give us a glimpse into her extraordinary life. I love you Mom.
Posted by Joanna Mancusi on March 1, 2019
Our beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away on 19 February. She was a gift to this world and all those she touched. She is remembered for her senses of fun and humor, her kindness, her extraordinary spirit, generosity and intelligence. What she loved, I loved. My life will never be the same without her, but I am the luckiest girl in the world because she was my mom. In the immortal words of A. A.Milne's Winnie the Pooh, "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
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Virginia was born in Washington, DC, raised in Douglaston, (Queens) NY. She earned an M.A. in French from Ohio University and an M.A. in Library Science from UCLA. Virginia taught at a school of the blind in Ohio, but her primary career was as a librarian in middle and high schools in Orange County, California and in community college in Houston, Texas. Virginia and John, her husband of 63 years, retired in Houston and returned to San Diego, where Virginia enjoyed her new leisure time to pursue tennis and travel, her true loves.  Virginia was a member of many social groups dedicated to her favorite activities.  These include: bridge club; Carlsbad Newcomers; book club; tennis; antique and antique purse clubs. Virginia was an avid tennis player and occasional bowler. 

Virginia was the whole package.  Smart, funny, warm, generous and kind. Her competitive nature was manifested in positive and amusing ways.  She didn't like to play sports unless they kept score. Her love of languages, literature, and art led her to visit many continents to experience those cultures first hand.  Her enthusiasm infects all who made her acquaintance. 

Virginia's spirit lives on in our hearts and will always bring us comfort us. What she leaves behind is woven into the lives of all those who knew her.

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