JUPITER, Fla. - Virginia Katherine Errera Dileo-Korff, beloved wife of Joseph Korff, formerly of Salem, passed away peacefully at their home in Jupiter, Fla., on March 6, 2014, with her family at her side after a three-year courageous fight with cancer. She was 65.
She was preceded in death by her father, Salvatore Errera, and her mother Mary Yuhoss Errera, and is survived by her husband, Joseph Korff; sister Phyllis Errera Punk; brother Nicholas Errera; sons Daniel Dileo and Phillip Christopher Dileo; granddaughters Aria Dileo, Olivia Dileo, and Giana Dileo; grandson Giancarlo Dileo; and stepchildren Christopher Korff, Penelope Korff, Jason Korff, Geoffrey Korff, and Mark Korff; many relatives in Sicily including cousin Enzo Errera who she considered her brother, Antonella Errera, Antonino Errera, Guissepe Cavasino, Bice Cerami; and dear friend Mimma Puma; as well as many loving friends in New York, Italy and the Jupiter area.
Virginia was born in New York City on July 5, 1948, and attended Catholic schools and the New School for Social Research where she became an expert in handwriting analysis. Her practice included forensic analysis and pre-employment screening. She owned the company Character Profiles and was a certified forensic graphologist by the American Board of Forensic Examiners. She authored the book "Exposing Drug Addiction in the Handwriting of Adolescents and Young Adults," and achieved level five in Homeland Security where, up to her illness, she was actively involved.
She wrote children's books exclusively for her children with the titles "Rob the Slob," "Louise's Sneezes," "Pat the Rat," "Mister Tinkles Tickle," "Tom Tom Meets Bullyboots" and "Jake the Snake."
Virginia loved art and beauty. Her home in Jupiter and her yacht, The Virginia Mia, reflected the Italian Renaissance with commissioned frescoes depicting Greek mythology, Roman Centurions, and Egyptian scenes. Scenes in which, if she didn't like the original historically correct character, she directed the artist to insert one more friendly. Most of the furniture in her home is of her design including a wood sculpted Cleopatra bed for which Virginia holds a patent. Her taste for beauty and her eye for detail and her insistence that work is done precisely challenged the most practiced artisans.
She owned the art gallery Le Pitit Musee d'Art in Palm Beach Gardens and commissioned many artists and sculptors.
Virginia had a gentleness that was coupled with a Sicilian intensity. Her quick wit meant that there was laughter around her, and her approachable beauty convinced bystanders that they had seen her in a movie, on TV, or somewhere; and many asked for her autograph.
Her husband Joseph, family, and friends are saddened beyond words at losing her, and we pray she is with God in heaven finding the peace and comfort the past three years have denied. We know that all is well with her soul, and that the constant prayers for her healing by friends and family during her three-year battle will comfort her on her journey. If there were an Olympic Gold Medal for Love, Virginia Dileo-Korff would have won it.
Visitation in Virginia's honor will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 10, and a service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 11 at Aycock Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter, Fla. 33458.
Contributions in her memory can be made to Operation Smile at operationsmile.org (888-955-5455).