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Vivien C (Valery) Pegolo

November 5, 1935 ~ July 6, 2022 (age 86)


Vivien C. (Valery) Pegolo, embraced her final pink sunset at her “happy place” on the Rhode Island shore on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. While her family is heartbroken, they find comfort in knowing she is reunited with the love of her life, her husband Roger, who passed in 2014 after sharing 53 wonderful years together. Born on November 5, 1935, daughter to the late Ernest and Louise Valery, Vivien was a beautiful person filled with endless love and giving. She shared a deep devotion and love for the Lord, her family, neighbors and friends. A devout Catholic, she prayed endlessly for all, happily performed daily acts of kindness, and loved teaching her confirmation students at Our Lady of Mercy Parish. Vivien always said her purpose in life was to help others heal their physical and spiritual natures.

Wanting to be a blessing to all in any way she could, Vivien chose to study nutrition and would gladly offer counsel to others regarding their nutritional health. She was masterful in the kitchen; delighting all with her sumptuous feasts filled with delicious foods, beautiful presentation, and the special ingredient of love. A giver of gifts and of herself, Vivien (also lovingly referred to as Viv, Mom, Grammy, and Auntie Viv) loved sharing her joys with others including festive celebrations, reveling in the beautiful changing skies, listening to songbirds sing, evenings playing cards and rummikube, telling jokes, or walking along the beach. She had a keen eye for decorating, floral arranging, fashion, planting, and gardening - passions which always brought further beauty into the world. Always a lover of God’s wondrous earth and its creations, she reveled in nature and it’s bounty - particularly loving horses and animals having grown up on a family farm in Stafford Springs. Remembered for her tasty treats, her signature ‘up-do’, and her unyielding faith, generosity, hospitality, strength, independence, and love for her family, she will be missed beyond words, leaving her family and friends with endless memories that will forever be cherished.

She leaves behind her daughter Joann Kirk and granddaughter Ashley, her son Paul Pegolo, and her son Dr. Peter Pegolo along with his wife Tiffany and their daughters Sophia and Marlena. Vivien’s granddaughters, who she affectionately called her “dollies” brought immense joy and love into her life. She is also survived by her sister Cynthia Valery Zimmerman, sister-in-law Elaine Pegolo, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Honoring Vivien’s wishes a private family Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated. Her family welcomes guests to a morning open house this Sunday, 7/17 from 9-12 at 332 Westmont St, West Hartford, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Vivien can be made to EWTN (The Eternal Word Television Network).

The staff at Plainville Funeral Home extends their gratitude to Vivien’s family for their trust in caring for her. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit her tribute page at

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