Rita L.Virkus (Ackerman)
Greece: Passed peacefully June 4th 2018 at age 98. Predeceased by her husband, Harold “Bud” Virkus; brother, Mert Ackerman. Rita is survived by her daughters, Donna(John) Bloechl, Kathy (George) Bradt, & Carol (Bill) Bradt; 7 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 5 step great grandchildren; 2 step great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; sistersin- law, Doris Virkus and Marge Roberts.
Visitation will be held Monday, June 11, 4 -7 PM at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane Rochester NY (between Long Pond and 390). Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the American Heart Assoc. at PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220- 3049 or the American Diabetes Assoc. at PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 in Rita’s memory.
Rita was born on May 4th 1920 in Rochester, NY. She attended and graduated from Franklin High School. During her youth she spent a lot of time at Conesus Lake with family and friends. As an adult she worked at Bausch & Lomb as an Optical Lens Engraver. Rita and her husband Harold went on to have 3 daughters, Donna, Kathy and Carol. She enjoyed being a Girl Scout Leader for 15 years. Rita and Harold took a cruise for their 40th anniversary and they celebrated their 50th Anniversary at their original honeymoon destination. They were married for 52 years- which just happened to be their house number. As a family, they enjoyed camping trips and spending a lot of time traveling to Niagara Falls Canada. Rita always hosted holiday gatherings in her home and her most common saying was “be careful” which was her motherly way to show she cared and loved all of them. Rita liked to read romance novels, sew, watch baseball and spending quality time with her grandchildren. She attended every sports game, play and concerts that her grandchildren participated in. Some of Rita’s favorite T.V. shows were Lawrence Welk Show and Little House on the Prairie. She loved the song “Ave Maria” and liked to listen to Perry Como. Rita also enjoyed puzzles, adult coloring books and playing card games. She is described as a wonderful wife and mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Rita also lived independently for 97 years. She was kind, religious, sympathetic and had the patience of a Saint. Everyone loved her and loved being around her as she was sweet and the most understanding person. Rita was proud of her family. She opened up her home to all, and like most mothers, she worried about everyone but herself. Rita’s selfless and kind disposition will never be forgotten. Her love has impacted everyone she knew, and that love will never seize. Rita will be deeply missed by many and her legacy will always lovingly remembered.