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Virginia Therese Magnifico, 97, of Hiawatha, IA died Friday, November 13, 2020 at the Hiawatha Care Center of natural causes following a long and happy life. A family graveside service will be held at a later date near her hometown of Arlington Heights, IL. Teahen Funeral and Cremation, Cedar Rapids, IA is assisting the family. Virginia is survived by her daughters, Maria (Steve) Ritchart of Toddville, IA and Fran (Tim) Zenor of Des Moines, IA; her son, Paul (Ellen) Magnifico of Georgetown, TX; her 5 grandchildren, Adam Palmer and Dallas Ritchart both of Cedar Rapids, IA, Tasha Ritchart of Dysart, IA, Sadie Magnifico of Durango, CO and Sam Magnifico of McMinnville, OR; and her 3 great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Landon and Macy. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Frank; and her brother Gene Pecaro. Virginia was born on October 4, 1923 in Chicago, IL, daughter of Anthony and Harriet Klemundt Pecaro, and graduated from Carl Shurz High School in Chicago. On November 27, 1947 she married Frank Magnifico in Chicago. Virginia was a wonderful mother, grandmother, homemaker and Italian cook (especially her cookies). She also insisted on ironing everything in sight. Later, she worked in sales at Marshall Field's, and volunteered at the St. Joseph Home for the Elderly in Palatine, IL and at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, IL. Virginia was a compassionate and loving person offering kindness to any person or animal she met. She loved swimming, quilting, cooking, entertaining, playing the piano and floral gardening. Virginia enjoyed luncheon dates with friends, dancing and traveling to European countries with her husband. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. The family would like to express their collective thanks to all at the Hiawatha Care Center for enriching the last years of her life.

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Published in Daily Herald on Nov. 20, 2020.
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November 24, 2020
Dear Paul, Maria, and Fran,

As the Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus, I offer you the sympathy and prayers of the Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary community as you celebrate the life of your mother and deal with the loss of her physical presence in your lives.

The description in your mother’s obituary as a “wonderful mother, grandmother.who was a compassionate loving person offering kindness to anyone she met,” reminded me of an adaptation of a reading from the book of Sirach.

“Let us praise an illustrious woman,
faithful to her family and friends, strong in her love.
At peace in her heart and her world,
she has left us her good name, and we recount her life of praiseworthy deeds.
A generous woman her good works will never be forgotten.
Among her family and friends there remains a rich inheritance born of her.
Her name lives on from generation to generation.
We gather to sing her praises.
We will proclaim her wisdom and love of life all our days.”

Our hearts go out to you as you move through your journey of grief, with your sadness amplified by the contrast of the holiday festivities surrounding you. We pray for you as you share the stories, laugh and cry, and find ways to celebrate your mom and the love you shared.

May memories of your mother comfort you.
May the knowledge your mother lives on in your goodness give you peace and hope!

Take care and God bless you with the gifts you most need!

Judith Wampach Amberg - Saint Viator High School Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus
Judith Amberg
November 21, 2020
Our condolences to the entire Magnifico family. Our mothers were dearest of friends growing up in Arlington Heights. My sisters & I always thought of Ginny as our second mom. Truly one of the sweetest people we have ever known. The world was a better place with her in it. Please let us know when you have details of the service in A.H.
Anthony & Francesca Prasnikar
November 21, 2020
Nov. 21, 2020
My mom, Harriet was a good friend and neighbor in Arlington Hts.
Viriginia was a wonderful sweet person. This is interesting, as I was cleaning today, I found a memory card for Harriet F Pecaro among some papers. Called my sister to see if she knew who that was, as she has been working on the family tree. She did not, but googled the name which led us to learn about Viriginia. I guess that someone was thinking of us to help me find this connection.
I am sure she will be missed by her friends and family, she was the best!
Deb and Denise
November 20, 2020
I met Virginia when I volunteered for my church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hiawatha!!! What a beautiful lady with a smile that I will never forget!! REST IN PEACE, Virginia!! Love and peace to her entire family.
Corinne Lyons
November 20, 2020
You have our condolences, thoughts and prayers in this time of loss. We hope the your family is doing well.
Mark and Julie Barnd
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