Rita Virgilio, age 84, of Tomahawk, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Rita was born on January 12, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois to Joseph and Julia Ligenza. She met the love of her life, Vito in 1947 and they were married in 1948. After raising the family in Chicago, they moved to Rhinelander in 1971.
Rita is survived by three daughters; Julia (Earl) Virgilio, Angela (Ron) Zalesny and Pamela (Matthew) Nowak, two sons; Anthony (Evelyn) Virgilio and Joseph (Heidi) Virgilio, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Rita is preceded in death by her husband Vito, her parents, and two brothers.
The family of Rita would like to extend a special thank you to Aspirus Hospital, Ministry Home Care Hospice Services, and her doctors who have taken great care of her throughout the years.
Private family services will be held for Rita.
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