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In Memory of

Judy Kay Virzi

September 11, 1943 - May 7, 2017

Obituary


Judy Kay Virzi was born to Della and Samuel Virzi on September 11, 1943 in Oglesby, Illinois. She was fondly known to some as “The Lightning Bolt of Oglesby” due to her tomboy childhood in which she excelled in sports and tree climbing. Judy remained active throughout her life including tireless volunteer activities in her later years.



Her career of 38 years as a lab assistant in the Department of Entomology at the University of California in Riverside resonated with her love of the natural world, its creatures and a special interest in...

Judy Kay Virzi was born to Della and Samuel Virzi on September 11, 1943 in Oglesby, Illinois. She was fondly known to some as “The Lightning Bolt of Oglesby” due to her tomboy childhood in which she excelled in sports and tree climbing. Judy remained active throughout her life including tireless volunteer activities in her later years.



Her career of 38 years as a lab assistant in the Department of Entomology at the University of California in Riverside resonated with her love of the natural world, its creatures and a special interest in insects. Her interests were wide-ranging. She was an avid reader of mysteries as well as deeply spiritual writings in Christianity and Buddhism, she was a fine arts painter and wood worker, and Judy was known for her quick, incisive sense of humor about the absurdities of life.



Judy gave everything with a loving heart and exceptional generosity. She couldn't refuse anyone. When a doe and two fawns made themselves at home in her yard destroying the garden, Judy fed them apples, complaining all the while. Like all problems and frustrations, they may have been fussed over, but they were always accepted and met with kindness.



She is survived by her brother, Samuel Virzi, Jr. of Otis, Oregon and by neices and cousins in California and Illinois. Her beloved cat, Misty, has found a new “forever” home, while Sadie is being cared for in a no-kill shelter.



There are those who possess a light so bright it not only lights their way but guides others as well. Judy Virzi was such a one. Her light continues to shine through every heart she touched. Even as we mourn her passing, we celebrate her life of boundless love and service.



Memorial contributions to C.A.T.S., a no-kill shelter where her Sadie resides: Commited Alliance to Strays, P. O. Box #56, Medford Oregon 97501, or to Saint Vincent de Paul, 2424 N. Pacific Highway Medford, Oregon 97501.