Virginia Taglia

Virginia F. Taglia (née Jensen), a 65-year resident of Oak Park, died on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the age of 86. Born in Oak Park on April 9, 1931, she was the wife of the late Victor R. Taglia, whom she married on Oct. 13, 1956 and who preceded her in death in 2005.

She grew up in Oak Park, attended St Giles Grade School, and graduated from Trinity High School in 1949. She went on to earn a degree in occupational therapy from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1953 and worked as an occupational therapist at Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital before getting married. 

A former parishioner of St. Giles and later Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Westmont, she was an avid volunteer, loved animals and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. A lovely woman and wonderful mother and grandmother, she will be sorely missed.

Virginia was the mother of Regina (Dan) Howe, V. Thomas (Jackie) Taglia, and James (Anneke) Taglia; the grandmother of Victoria and Annika Helle, Victor “Duke” and Anthony Taglia, Vincent, Virginia, Jean, Elyse and Dominic Taglia, and Oliver and Eliot Howe; daughter of the late Harold and Emma (nee Steiner) Jensen; sister of the late Robert (Joan) Jensen and the late Donald (Mary) Jensen; sister-in-law of Florence (the late Buddy) Romano; and the aunt, great-aunt, friend and cousin of many, including Patricia Ulman. 

Visitation was held on July 18 at Sacred Heart Monastery Chapel at Villa St. Benedict, 1920 Maple Ave., Lisle, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial with committal services at Christ the King Mausoleum in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside. 

Arrangements were handled by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville. For more information, visit

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