Rita Elizabeth Giuffre

August 26, 1931 - December 1, 2023

08/26/1931 - 12/01/2023

Past Services

Thursday December 14, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Maestas Chapel
1801 Baltic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-1112 | Directions
Friday December 15, 2023
Princess Anne Memorial Park
1110 N. Great Neck Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
757-481-1097 | Directions
Funeral Service
Friday December 15, 2023
12:00 pm
Star of the Sea Catholic Church
1404 Pacific Ave.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
757428-8547 | Directions

Rita Elizabeth Giuffre passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her children and several grandchildren on Friday, December 1, 2023, at the age of 92. Rita was first-generation Italian born on August 26, 1931 to Daniel and Immaculata Lubisco. Along with her parents, “Baby Rita” was predeceased by her five older brothers: John, Francis “Frank”, Albert “Huggie”, and Nicholas “Nicky”, son-in-law Kenny Earp and grandson Brian Charlton. Additionally, our mother will join the love of her life, Carmine Thomas (“Jeff”) Giuffre.

Rita was the proud matriarch to her four children, Steven, Elizabeth (Scott) Holmes, Jeanne Earp, and Thomas (Lynn); her grandchildren: Jonathan (Mary) and their kids Nora and Michael, Evan and Aidan Giuffre; Mia Holmes; Morgan, Connor (Sharmara) and their son Reginald, Chandler and Courtney Earp; and Angelina and Dennis Giuffre. “Momma” Rita / Granny Rita / Ms. Rita had countless adopted children, grandkids, friends, and admirers for her strength, kindness, generosity and goofiness.

Rita was born and raised in a tenement two-bedroom apartment in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York, alongside four siblings and her single mother. After marrying in 1957, Rita and her husband Jeff moved out to southern Long Island where all four of her children were born. The family moved to Virginia Beach in 1974. Rita was a proud wife and mother who volunteered wherever possible, lunched with friends, played a little of tennis (though, being a fan of relaxing mornings, she often hoped for rain), and was the best mom and spouse anyone could want. She was famous for her Italian cooking, especially known for her Eggplant Parmigiana, Lasagna, Baked Ziti and Chicken Parm. There was always room at her dinner table for any friends or kids who showed up.

Rita began working at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater when it opened in 1996. Other jobs included work at The Sandler Center, ODU events, and the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Rita especially loved her work at the VBCC and Amphitheater, where she worked even up till this summer. The Amphitheater was her favorite spot and it took a lot for her to miss an event. There, she was adored by co-workers and fans alike, and could often be seen hanging out and chatting with both. If you went through the side gate (officially now known as “Rita’s Gate”) over the last 25 years or so, odds are you saw Ms. Rita holding court. Our family is very appreciative of the love and support provided by all her work friends throughout her employment.

A visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Thursday December 14, 2023 at Altmeyer Funeral Home Maestas Chapel (1801 Baltic Ave. Virginia Beach, VA). A funeral mass will be held on Friday December 15, 2023, 12pm, at Star of the Sea Catholic Church (1404 Pacific Ave, Virginia Beach, VA) with Father Steve officiating. A graveside at Princess Anne Memorial Park will immediately follow the service. Reception to follow at 2pm at 500 Winston Salem Ave/Common Room.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations are made to a charity of your choosing in Rita’s name.

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Kathy W Peterson
4 months ago

Dear sweet Rita! I’m going to miss you when we open back up. Hard to believe we spent so many years together. What a reunion you and Jeff must have had! Keep our boys straight. I
know you’ll have your hands full. Much love to
you. It will always be Rita’s gate. And you will be truly missed.

Marianne Cullen
4 months ago

Tom, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your mom was an amazing mother, grandmother and woman. I know she will be deeply missed. I’m sending you love and support to you and everyone in your family.

Caroline Grubbs
4 months ago

Always loved seeing Rita at Buffalo Beach and at the amphitheater. She was a lovely person with the best smile. Condolences to the family. She will be missed by many.

Bob Bayerlein
4 months ago

What a loss for all of who worked with her at the amphitheater. She always greeted everyone with a smile. May Hod hold her and her family in the palm of His hand . Heaven had received everyones grandma and a great lady.

Dee Paske
4 months ago

A friend from our meeting at Jazzercise in 1990! My goal: To be a ticket taker like Rita when I “grow up”/retire. And I did it! So lucky to work many years with Rita at VUHLA. Such a special lady! You will be missed and remembered with a smile.

Linda Strang Gardner
4 months ago

Sending prayers and sympathy to Rita’s family. She was one of a kind.

Tona James
4 months ago

My condolences to Rita’s family and many friends. You will be missed by all

Jean Scholl
4 months ago

Ms Rita,
You were special to everyone that knew you. I’m glad I got a chance to see you again last year while I was attending a few shows at the VBA. I always made it a point to go through your gate so I could say hello to you. We will miss you so much. ❤️
Sending my deepest condolences to Rita’s family and friends. ??

Bobb D
4 months ago

Miss Rita. Our loss, God’s gain. Maybe in your new life Brian and Kenny work for you?
I’d want to see that! You’re the real deal Rita G. The brightest spirit amongst the people that love you. You attracted people with love and tenderness. Heaven now has a “Rita’s gate.” Thank God! I stand a chance of getting in now!
Love you chick.
Go tear up the spirit world!!

Dawn (GIUFFRE) Smith
4 months ago

Thoughts and prayers for the loss of your Mom. Aunt Rita will be missed. Love to all, Dawn