Vivienne Caviglia

May 8, 1914 - March 27, 2015
Vivienne Caviglia, May 8, 1914 - March 27, 2015

Vivienne Caviglia, a former professional ballroom dancer and teacher who lived in Montauk for many years, died on March 27 at Sunridge at Desert Springs Care Facility in El Paso, Tex. She was 100.

Born on May 8, 1914, and raised in the Bronx, Mrs. Caviglia was the only child of Aristides Whitehead and the former Annita Pagani, Italian immigrants. When she was 7, she and her mother spent a year with relatives in Valenza, Italy. She graduated from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx and attended Hunter College before pursuing a career in dance.

She married the late Eugene John Caviglia in 1939 in Greenwich, Conn., and they raised two children in Crestwood, N.Y. In the early 1950s, she and her family visited Montauk for the first time, and fell in love with the place she would eventually call home. Her husband died in 1959, and she went to work as a bank teller. In the 1960s, she bought a vacation house in Montauk, working summers as a teller in Montauk. Later she found a job at Martell’s in Montauk, a position she held for several decades. She moved to Montauk full time in 1975 after her children were grown, with her dog, Susie, in tow.

“Vivienne loved working in the center of town, where she enjoyed meeting and greeting friends and neighbors who stopped by each day for their newspapers and sundries,” her family wrote. She worked at Martell’s part time until she was nearly 90. She was also an active member of the senior citizens center in Montauk, where she enjoyed lunch and other activities with her friends. She moved to El Paso several years ago to be near her son, Roy Caviglia, who survives, as do her daughter, Rita Gadsden of Darien, Conn., and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Caviglia was cremated. Her family plans to have her ashes buried at Fort Hill Cemetery in Montauk.

Memorial donations have been suggested to Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, P.O. Box 901, Wainscott 11975.