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Victoria M. Maggioli, 97, long active at St. Joseph

June 5, 1918 – Oct. 24, 2015

Victoria M. “Vicki” Maggioli of Williamsville, active for many years in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, died Saturday in the hospice unit at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 97.

Born in Buffalo to Italian immigrant parents, the former Victoria Vastola attended Mount Mercy Academy. She worked at the former Hall’s Bakery, then at Buffalo Diocesan Seminary and at the diocesan residence for retired priests on Delaware Avenue, where she was a cook, cleaner and caregiver.

She was a longtime church choir member, first at St. Columba’s, then at Blessed Trinity and finally at St. Joseph, where her husband was organist and choir director.

“When Vicki sings, her eyes just light up,” St. Joseph parishioner Joanne Messer told a Buffalo News reporter in 2004.

“At her age, she makes every rehearsal and every service. She’s got her finger in everything and nothing goes on that Vicki doesn’t know about. She’s inspirational. It wouldn’t be Christmas without Vicki singing in the choir.”

Mrs. Maggioli was one of the founding members of the St. Joseph Mothers Club and was involved in numerous parish organizations, including Campfire Girls, Cub Scouts, senior programs and the Altar and Rosary Society. She made weekly visits to housebound parishioners to bring them Communion and co-chaired the annual parish carnival and lawn fete.

She served for many years on the Parish Council and was named a parish trustee.

“There was never a doing at St. Joseph involving food that she was not present in the kitchen,” her family noted.

For her many volunteer efforts, she was a recipient of the St. Joseph the Worker Award.

She also served as president of the Nazareth Guild, the Young Women Republicans, the Pro-To Club of Buffalo and the local chapter of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Her husband of 51 years, Albert A., also a St. Joseph the Worker Award recipient, died in 1988.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Albert J. “Bert”; a daughter, Marianne Cerveny; a sister, Violet Paolini; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St.

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