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Gemma Verdicchio Aguilar
Gemma Verdicchio Aguilar

Gemma Verdicchio Aguilar, 94, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

Mrs. Aguilar was born in Caserta, Italy, in 1923. She was a graduate of the University of Naples, majoring in language. She taught English and French to Italian students during World War II. She served as a translator with The Allied Forces in the Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy.

In 1947, she met Master Sergeant Robert Aguilar and became a war bride moving to the United States. In the 70 years, she lived in the U.S., she became a proud and patriotic American. After coming to America, they resided in Long Branch, N.J., where she had her four children. She enjoyed traveling the world with her family, living in Italy, England, Spain, Germany and France. While living in Virginia Beach, she continued translating for CBN working on numerous books and projects in up to four languages.

She leaves behind her four children, David Aguilar, and his wife, Charo, Tina Swan, and her husband, Michael, Robert Aguilar, and his partner, Beth Cooper, and Anna Drake, and her husband, Randy; two grandchildren, Erika Aguilar and Maisie Appel; one great-granddaughter, Molly Appel; and many warm and wonderful friends from all over the world. She was a unique, passionate and fun-loving spirit who will be missed by all she touched.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel.

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