Virginia Wileikis, 93

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 8:10pm

Virginia (Dinny) Wileikis, 93, of Simsbury, Conn., and Block Island, beloved wife for 62 years of the late Walter A. Wileikis, passed away peacefully on Jan. 10, 2014, in Simsbury. Born and raised in Northampton, Mass., daughter of the late Fred and Rosamund Race, Dinny graduated from Smith College in 1943 and married Walt in Chicago a week later. After World War II, they moved to Shanks Village, New York. Three years later they built a house in nearby Tappan. In April of 1952, neighbors of theirs in Hickory Hill, Milt and Betsy Carrow, invited Dinny and Walt and young daughter Tina to Block Island to help open up their summer house on Crescent Beach. The family fell in love with the island. Across the field from the Carrow’s property, Web Cutting was building a new row of little red cottages to rent. “Blue Jay” was the Wileikis’ summer retreat for 11 seasons. They rented for eight more years (mostly at Lewis Farm) before finally building a house off of Mohegan Trail in 1972.
When not working in the vegetable garden or mowing the lawn, Dinny loved to walk the beach, and to go swimming (especially down at the bluffs), hiking, clamming and picking blackberries. Unfortunately, those activities stopped in 1978 when she came down with the Guilliane-Barre Syndrome, which left her wheel-chair bound. But after three years she made it back to the island and up into the house with the help of wonderful family, friends and neighbors. Even though she was restricted in movement, she enjoyed reading, listening to music and soaking up the sun on the deck while enjoying the lovely island views.
Dinny leaves her daughter, Tina, of Peekskill, New York and Block Island, her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Zaorski of Virginia, and six nieces and a nephew. Besides her husband Walt, she was predeceased by her two sisters, Janet Morris and Cheryl Rooney. Donations in memory of Virginia may be made to the Block Island Nature Conservancy, P.O. Box 1287, Block Island, R.I. 02807.
Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, Granby, Conn., has care of the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit