V, Patriarch Gregory b. 1746 d. April 10, 1821 Patriarch of Constantinople. A native of Dimitsana, Georgios Angelopoulos was elected Patriarch of Constantinople in 1797, taking the name of Gregory V. Restoring the Patriarchal Cathedral of St George, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral in present day Istanbul, his tenure was highlighted by uneasiness and uprisings, leading to his deportation to Mount Athos to Prince Islands and again to Mount Athos through the years. On the brink of the Greek War of Independence, blamed by Ottoman Sultan...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation, Athens, Regional unit of Athens, Attica, Greece
Vacarescu, Elena b. September 21, 1864 d. February 17, 1947 Author, Stateswoman. She published numerous works in her native land and in France. Born into wealth, she was well educated at her family estate and in Paris, where Victor Hugo was an early influence. Her first published work was "Chants d'Aurore" (1886), a book of poems about the Russo-Turkish war. In 1888 she met Queen Elisabeth of Romania, who essentially treated her as a substitute for a daughter lost to illness. Having no heirs, King Carol I adopted his nephew, Ferdinand of Hohenzollern...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Bellu Cemetery, Bucharest, Bucuresti Municipality, Romania
Vaccarelli, Paul 'Paul Kelly' b. December 23, 1876 d. April 3, 1936 Organized Crime Figure. He was the leader of the violent Five-Points Gang and a powerful political figure for Tammany Hall in New York City during the first two decades of this century. His Five-Points Gang included Al Capone and Johnny Torrio. After many bloody battles with other gangs his power decreased, and by the 1920s he was reduced to leading gangs of strike-breakers during New York City union fights. He died of natural causes in 1936. (Bio by: Bill Heneage) Cause of death: Natural causes Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA Plot: Section 36, Range 5, Plot G, Grave 20
Vache, Emile b. February 24, 1834 d. February 16, 1908 Businessman. He was an immigrant from France who, together with his brother, Theophile, started one of Los Angeles's first wineries. When the city started to grow and he needed a place to grow his grapes, he moved out to the area of Redlands. His winery became what is now known as the Brookside Winery, famous the world over (Bio by: Joe Walker) Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Vachon, Cardinal. Louis Albert b. February 4, 1912 d. September 29, 2006 Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Saint-Frédéric, municipality of La Beauce, Québec, Louis-Albert Vachon received his education at the minor and grand seminaries of Québec, followed by the University of Laval and the Pontifical Angelicum Athenaeum in Rome. Ordained priest in June 1938, he lectured philosophy and later theology at the named University of Laval, of which he became vice rector and ultimately rector in 1960. Rector of the Grand Seminary of Québec between 1955 and 1958, he served...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Notre Dame De Quebec Basilica-Cathedral, Quebec, Capitale-Nationale Region, Quebec, Canada Plot: Cathedral Crypt.
Vachon, Luna (Gertrude Elizabeth) b. January 12, 1962 d. August 27, 2010 Professional Wrestler. The daughter of Paul "Butcher" Vachon, she wanted to follow the family tradition of being a pro-wrestler despite their initial disapproval. She began her training at age 16 under the tutelage of her Aunt Vivian Vachon, her father Paul, and the Fabulous Moolah. Luna made her debut in 1985 when she joined Kevin Sullivan's "Army of Darkness". To fit her character of a "devil worshipper" she shaved one side of her head and wore face paint. From 1992 to 1994 Luna was a member...[Read More] (Bio by: Miss Hildy) Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered at Andre the Giant's ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina
Vachon, Maurice 'Mad Dog' b. September 14, 1929 d. November 21, 2013 Hall-of-Fame Professional Wrestler. A gap-toothed villain, he was one of his sport's stars for more than 30 years. One of 13 children of a Montreal policeman, he took to wrestling early and by 14 was a respected amateur competitor. Vachon wrestled for Canada as a middleweight at the 1948 London Olympics, finishing 7th, and in 1950 captured a Gold Medal in the British Empire Games at Auckland, New Zealand. Later in 1950 he turned professional and for several years 'paid his dues' by learning his...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Vachon, Vivian b. 1951 d. August 24, 1991 Professional Wrestler. She was the much younger sister of professional wrestlers Maurice and Paul. She started wrestling as a teenager in the late 1960s and was the star of the film "Wrestling Queen" in the early 1970s. Recognized in many areas as the women's world champion, and widely considered to be the best women's wrestler in the early 70s. Vivian wrestled all over the world. Vivian was young but she already captured the recgnition of being the top girl wrestler in the sport. She had the...[Read More] (Bio by: Steve Edquist ~In Memory Of Aaron & Scrappy~) Cause of death: Auto accident Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Vadhana, Savang b. December 10, 1862 d. December 17, 1955 Queen of Siam. She was born in the Grand Palace in Bangkok, a daughter of King Mongkut and Princess Consort Piam. She became Queen Consort to King Chulalongkorn, and lived to see two of her grandsons - Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII) and Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) become king. She died in the Grand Palace in Bangkok and was interred in the Royal Cemetery at Wat Ratchabophit. (Bio by: Chris Nelson) Royal Cemetery, Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Thailand Plot: Rangsi Vadhana Memorial
Vadiz, Yolanda b. May 15, 1959 d. December 8, 1987 Puerto Rican soprano who died tragically. Vadiz was the daughter of Puerto Rican actress and show host Meche Marchand, and of Puerto Rican trio singer Jose Luis Vadiz Colon (known professionally as Guito Vádiz). She got her Bachelor's degree in Puerto Rico, and her Master's from the Manhattan School of Music. She sang with the Metropolitan Opera and in Rome. Vadiz had one hit record 'Amor En Mil Idiomas'. Vadiz was found unconscious in a coma in her new apartment in Rome where her lawyer...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert) Cementerio La Piedad, Ponce, Ponce Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Vadnais, Carol b. September 25, 1945 d. August 31, 2014 Professional Hockey Player. For seventeen seasons (1966 to 1983), he played at the defense position in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens, Oakland Seals, California Golden Seals, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. He began his lengthy association with hockey, when he joined the Montreal Junior Canadiens in 1964 and was promoted to the NHL with the Canadiens during the 1966-1967 season. The following year (1968), he experience a Stanley Cup Title with Montreal. After the NHL...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Vaganova, Agrippina b. June 26, 1879 d. November 5, 1951 Soviet dancer, teacher and ballet director. She trained at the Imperial Theatre School in St Petersburg, a student of Vazem, Pavel, Ivanov, Gerdt and Nikolai Legat and later studied with Preobrajenska. She graduated in 1897 and joined the Maryinsky Theatre, but the considerable technique she possessed she wasn't promoted to ballerina status until 1915 and it certainly didn't help her career that she was dancing the same time as some of the greatest dancers in history, Pavlova, Karsavina...[Read More] (Bio by: Medora) Volkovskoye Memorial Cemetery, Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russian Federation Plot: Actually Literatorskiye Mostki Cemetery
Vahanian, Dr. Gabriel b. January 24, 1927 d. August 30, 2012 French, naturalized american philosopher and theologian. Best known as the founder of the school of thought called "the theology of the death of God". Graduated in theology at Princeton University, in 1958 he obtained his doctorate by a thesis on the binomial "religion and aesthetics", entitled "Protestantism and the Arts". Professor of Philosophy and Theology for almost three decades in various Academic Institutes in the United States, including the Syracuse University, Vahanian was a founding...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Strasbourg Western Communal Cemetery, Strasbourg, Departement du Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
Vahl, Henry b. October 26, 1897 d. July 21, 1977 Actor. He was born in Stralsund as son of a fisherman and discovered his love for the stage while working at the docks in Kiel. From 1915 on he played several small roles on stages in Dresden, Berlin and Lübeck. In 1958 he replaced a sick colleague at the Ohnsorg-Theatre in Hamburg. In the following decades he played the role of the grandfather with dry humor in more than 100 plays. He became known nationwide because of the broadcasting of the plays by NDR television. His most famous were "...[Read More] (Bio by: Lutetia) Ohlsdorfer Friedhof, Ohlsdorf, Hamburg-Nord, Hamburg, Germany Plot: AD 5, 158-159
Vail, Alfred b. September 25, 1807 d. January 18, 1859 Inventor. He invented Morse Code, a system of representing letters, numbers and punctuation marks by means of a code signal sent intermittently, while he was helping Samuel Morse on his invention of the telegraph. Morse's original code consisted of sending dots and dashes that represented numbers. Each number represented a word. This required looking up the number in a book to find the word. The system had problems printing out the messages clearly, so Alfred Vail came up with an improved...[Read More] (Bio by: Richard H.) Saint Peter's Episcopal Churchyard, Morristown (Morris County), Morris County, New Jersey, USA