Virgil Eugene Criscola

1924 - 2012

Longtime area resident, Virgil Criscola, age 88,
passed away December 21, 2012 at St. Mary Medical
Center. He was born November 4, 1924 in Walla
Walla to William & Carrie Locati Criscola.

Virgil was educated at local schools and graduated
from Walla Walla High School in 1942. He served
with the 37th Infantry division in the South Paci c.
Upon returning home, he entered vegetable farming with his father raising sweet onions, carrots,
spinach, head lettuce & cucumbers. A er the closing of local
processing plants, his farm was devoted entirely to sweet onions.
Along with his wife, children & grandchildren, he established a
roadside market at the farm, packing & selling sweet onions under
the “Fan-C-Pak” label. Over a span of 50 years, Virgil provided
summer jobs for many area youngsters. As a progressive
farmer, he will be remembered, along with his uncles, Ambrose
& Pete Locati, for shipping the  rst railcar of warehouse packed
sweet onions out of the valley which revolutionized the sweet onion
industry in Walla Walla.

On February 4, 1947, he married Dorothy Fazzari at St. Francis
Catholic Church in Walla Walla. She passed away November
8, 2010. Music was Virgil’s passion. He played the trumpet & performed
with local musicians from symphonic to jazz. He especially
liked the Big Band music of the Forties and playing at the Arcadia
& Edgewater Ballrooms. His most satisfying accomplishment was
organizing the  rst pep band at DeSales Catholic High School. A er
his playing days were over, he sang for many years in the St. Francis
Catholic Church Choir.
He spent 25 years as secretary of the Blalock irrigation district.
He enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren & great grandsons
in their school & sport activities, his favorite being baseball. In addition,
he enjoyed playing duplicate bridge & volunteering at St. Vincent
de Paul. Virgil was a member of VFW, Knights of Columbus,
DeSales Booster Club & St. Francis Catholic Church.

He is survived by his 4 children, daughter & son-in-law, Jeane &
Craig Chase of Walla Walla; daughter, Janet Criscola-Poua of Seattle;
son, Ken Criscola of Chehalis; son & daughter-in-law,. Dean
& Jennifer Criscola of Sherwood, OR; 10 grandchildren & 3 great
grandsons. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Ron William
& his wife, Dorothy Fazzari Criscola.

Viewing & visitation will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2012
from 1:00 PM until a er the rosary at the Herring Groseclose Funeral
Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA.  e Rosary will be
recited on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM also at Herring
Groseclose Funeral Home with Father Tyler Smedley o ciating.
 e Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 31,
2012 at 10:00 AM at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Je
Core, Celebrant. Burial will follow in the catholic section of Mountain
View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Walla Walla Catholic Schools—Dorothy Fazzari Criscola Scholarship
Fund or St. Francis Catholic Church through the
funeral home. Family & friends are invited to sign the
online guestbook at

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