In Memoriam: UFCW Local 400 Members Lost to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the United States, our union sisters and brothers from UFCW Local 400 are among the first casualties. It is important for us to work together during this crisis to prevent further deaths. It is important to thank those who are doing the work to keep us safe and fed. It is important to remember those who we lost because of the coronavirus.

This list includes those deaths we have currently learned of. If you aware of additional UFCW Local 400 union members we should include on this list, please contact us and we will add them to this page.

Chevelle Alson, Kroger

July 27, 1965 – March 27, 2020

Chevelle worked on the night crew at Kroger #555 in Yorktown, Va. and passed away in the early days of the pandemic without ever being tested.

Leilani Margurite Jordan, Giant Food


October 22, 1992 – April 1, 2020

Leilani served as a courtesy clerk at Giant Food in Largo, Md. for six years, where she was known to co-workers and customers as a shining light who brightened the days of all who were blessed by her presence. Her family has setup a GoFundMe to collect donations. Click here to donate now.


James Taylor, Giant Food

July 10, 1960 – May 19, 2020

James worked in the grocery department at Giant Food in Accokeek, Md.

Ricky Taylor, Giant Food

February 14, 1961 – May 24, 2020

Ricky worked at Giant #749 in Annandale, Va. His family has setup a GoFundMe to collect donations. Click here to donate now.

Kathryn Anita Mason, Giant Food

July 13, 1958 – May 29, 2020

Kathryn worked at Giant from October 1977 until her death. Over her many years of service, she served as a cashier, bakery manager, file maintenance clerk, billing specialist, office isolation clerk, and union shop steward for UFCW Local 400.


Maria Haskins, Giant Food

December 11, 1957 – May 27, 2020

Maria worked in the deli at Giant Food in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Diana Lynn Virgillo, Kroger

October 16, 1958 – February 10, 2021

Diana Lynn Virgillo, 62, of South Point, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. She was born October 16, 1958, in Huntington, a daughter of the late Ransom “Brother” Lester and Virginia Marie Bailey Lester. She was an employee of Kroger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Rick Lester; a brother-in-law, Herman Ted Justice; and a sister-in-law, Jackie Lester. She is survived by her husband, Robin Lee Virgillo; two daughters, Kerry Virgillo and Stephanie Virgillo, both of Huntington; one son, nathan Virgillo of South Point, Ohio; two sisters, Noraeen (Doug) Miller of Barboursville and Ruth Justice of Proctorville, Ohio; three grandchildren, Rylan Plew, Sydney Plew and Remi Daniels; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and family.