Virginia Caranci

October 27th, 1931February 10th, 2023

Virginia Caranci transitioned from this world on February 10th, at her home, surrounded by all the ones that she loved the most in this life.  Virginia devoted her life to taking care of her husband, Eugene and their 3 girls, Reggie Schmidt and her husband Chris, Jeanne Caranci Salazar and Shelley Angell and her husband Dave. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her greatest treasures: Josh Schmidt and his wife Pam, Elizabeth Schmidt and her partner Colin Reininger, Jake Salazar and his wife Sarah, Joey Angell and his wife Tiffany and Katie Angell; her great grandchildren:  Isabelle and Mitchell Schmidt, Savannah and Jett Salazar, Olivia and Jordan Angell. Virginia was born in Denver, Colorado on October 27, 1931 to Minnie and Louis DeRose. When her father died suddenly in 1940, Virginia, with her mother and brother, Richard DeRose, moved to Louisville to live with her maternal grandparents, Frank and Rose Jordinelli, until she met the love of her life, Eugene Caranci when they were both at Louisville High School. They married on February 3, 1951. 

In addition to being a wonderful homemaker, Virginia was devoted to making Louisville the best city to live in the USA.  She was one of the founding members of the Louisville Historical Museum.  The Jordinelli House on South Street is the home where she grew up. She knew how important it is to preserve the history of a community and dedicated over 30 years of her life developing what is today one of the most beautiful and comprehensive small-town museums in the country. She was also instrumental in getting Coal Creek Golf course, Avista Hospital, and Monarch High School to become part of Louisville’s great community.  She and Eugene developed the first girls' summer softball program, coed volleyball for teens, and numerous other activities for young people, which eventually became the Parks and Recreation Summer Program for Kids. Virginia received the Pioneer Award from the Historical Museum in 2006 for her continued dedication to preserve the history of Louisville, and her many years in helping the progress of her community.

Virginia is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Caranci, daughter, Jeanne, mother and father Louis and Minnie DeRose and her brother and his wife Richard and Lorraine DeRose. A funeral mass will be celebrated in her honor, Friday, February 24, 2023, at St Louis Catholic Church, 901 Grant in Louisville.  There will be a reception at the Louisville Elks Club on Main Street following the internment at Louisville Cemetery.  Donations can be made in Virginia’s name to the Louisville Historical Museum, 1000 Main St, Louisville, Colorado 80027



A mass will be held at the St. Louis Catholic Church, located at 902 Grant Ave, Louisville, CO 80027, from 10am-11am on Friday, February 24th, 2023, proceeding to the Louisville cemetery.


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We are deeply sorry for your loss. Mike Dionigi and family. Cody Wyoming.
My prayers are with you girls and your beautiful families. Your mom was my first Louisville friend after I met future husband, Bob. Virg & Chooch were always so kind to the young girl from Boulder. You three girls were always beautiful and so very sweet! God Bless you and your families. Always remember how many good friends your mom had because she was so special. much love, Jackie
She was so loved and will be remembered forever by her big family.
Our prayers are with you in your time of loss. ~ love, the family of Carol DeRose Serra.
Reggie, Shelley and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your dear mom. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
My condolences to you all. She was certainly a beautiful spirit. I was glad to know her for so many years. RIP Virginia. Love to you all, Leonard
Prayers and thoughts for the family. Virginia is a great woman, always so good and kind to our family and to all! She will be missed......Rick Ross
So sorry to hear about Virginia's passing. She was a bright spot in her family and the community. I so enjoyed watching her and my mother, Millie, sit side by side in their lawn chairs and visit at the family picnics. Virginia's gift to the world was that she always took the time to make others feel important and valued. She listened and sympathized, and had so many wonderful stories of her own about family and friends. How lucky we all were. Teresa DeRose, Denver.
My deepest condolences, Virginia will always have a special place in my heart. Scott Elnicki
Some of the most joy-filled moments in my life took place in Virginia's kitchen. Dropping in on rounds during the afternoon of Christmas Eve was always a highlight. Lots of laughs, goodies, raised glasses, stories, and love. She will be missed. Chris Elnicki