Retired Navy Nurse Commander Virginia Maryann Seledyn, 94, died peacefully in her sleep on Aug. 27, 2017, at Westminster Winter Park Hospice. Virginia was born on April 13, 1923, in New Britain, Conn., to Marion and Stanley Seledyn. She was a graduate of New Britain High School Class of 1942, New Britain, St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing 1946, Hartford, Conn., and Columbia University in New York, N.Y., in 1955.
She joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and her first assignment was to report for training and indoctrination at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. After two years, Virginia received orders to proceed to the U.S. Military Academy at Annapolis, Md., for duty. Other duty stations included: Military Transport aboard the USS Maurice Rose, making several trips bringing Army troops to and from Germany, MAAG Taiwan, USMC Barstow, Calif., and naval hospitals in Jacksonville, Fla.; Chelsea, Mass.; Long Beach, Calif.; Yokuska, Japan, and Orlando, Fla.
Her high school yearbook quote of “Hard beginning maketh a good ending” was foretelling of her adult life as she received several military commendation letters for her initiative, unselfish devotion, integrity, loyalty and willingness to give over and above. Her hard work and service awarded her a 44-year fulfilling retirement, as Virginia retired after 20 years from the Navy in 1973. She was honored with the Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious service as Assistant Chief Nurse at the Orlando Naval Hospital.
Upon retirement, she made her home in Winter Park where she lived until late last year. She was golfing and bowling well into her 80s and also enjoyed traveling, gardening and entertaining family and friends in her beautiful and beloved home. All her Northern relatives and their children were welcome to stay and visit Disney World. She left us with wonderful memories for all of us.
Her beloved brother, Gene, a veteran of World War II and her only sibling, died in 1947. She leaves many cousins and will be deeply missed by all of her family members and friends.
Services were held at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Winter Park, Fla. Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will be Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cemetery Chapel, New Britain, next to her parents and brother. For directions or online messages, please visit www.newbritainsagarino.com .