Virginia Beach – Rita Ackerman Goldberg, 92, passed away January 3, 2017. She was born on July 18, 1924 in the Bronx, New York to Louis and Rose Ackerman.
Rita Goldberg was a delightful, funny, feisty, elegant yet earthy, Bronx transplant who brought to Norfolk the embodiment of New York City attitude, street smart wisdom, fashionable attire and a zest for life that so many of her friends and acquaintances found infectious and engaging in her presence. She was the totally consummate Jewish mother who raised her wonderful children with warm affection and love, strong family and religious values, constructive humor and fierce loyalty. Her friendships were always very special, warm and highly precious to her. To be in her presence was to feel the warmth of her personality, bask in the beauty of her smile and know the goodness of her heart, so uplifting to experience. She was truly one of a kind whom will be sorely missed by all who knew her, her acquaintances, special friends and companions, and especially her family members who treasured and were nurtured by her warmth, love and care.
Rita is preceded in death by her parents Louis and Rose Ackerman, sister Hilda Harwicke, husband Barton Goldberg and son Ted Goldberg.
Left to cherish her memory are daughter Jane Goldberg Warden Park and husband Bill Park; granddaughters Leah & Carli Warden and extended family members & friends.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Forest Lawn Cemetery (8100 Granby St. Norfolk) at 10:00 a.m. with the Rabbi Michael Panitz from Temple Israel leading the service. A meal of consolation will be held at Jane’s residence (2904 Brighton Beach Place, Unit 108, Virginia Beach, VA) following the service. Shiva will be observed on Monday and Tuesday at Jane’s residence from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.