Virginia Belfiore of Venice, Florida, formerly of Flanders, died on Monday, March 17. She was 92.
An artist and historian, Mrs. Belfiore designed and created a three-dimensional diorama depicting the purchase of Quogue from Chief Wyandanch. The work was commissioned by the Quogue Historical Society in 1984 to commemorate the 325th anniversary of that land transaction. The diorama is still prominently displayed at the Old Schoolhouse Museum in Quogue.
Her creative talent included doll-making, candle-making, the collecting of antique lace, quilting, and the cutting of goose quill pens, but these were just a few of her many artistic pursuits.
As an authority on antique lace, she was often called upon to give presentations on the subject and to exhibit her extensive collection. Her unique hand-made doll collections have also been exhibited at many museums.
Mrs. Belfiore was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Westhampton Beach, and of the Westhampton Woman’s Club.
She is survived by a son, Robert Pribble, a sister, Elena Ferrigno and her husband Angelo, and a brother, Adolph Neri, all of Venice, Florida; a granddaughter, Caroline; a niece, Alida LaRocco and her husband Fabrizio; a grandniece, Anais LaRocco; and a grandnephew, Adriano LaRocco.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Pribble; and her second husband, Anthony Belfiore.
A memorial service will be held in Venice, Florida, at a later date.