Rita Belle Petzoldt | Obituary

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BEAVER FALLS – Rita Belle Petzoldt, 89, formerly of Beaver Falls Rd., Beaver Falls, died Friday, March 4, 2022 at Lewis County Health System Nursing Home, Lowville.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville with the minister of the Christian Apostolic Church in America, Lowville officiating. Interment in the spring will be in Riverside Cemetery, Beaver Falls. Calling hours are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, before the funeral, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, PO Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367.

She is survived by her four children, Debra Belle Church of Monroe, Michigan; Bruce Donald and Patricia Petzoldt of Beaver Falls; Wendy Ethel and Andrew Lehman of Croghan; Patti Jayne and Randy Widrick of Croghan, 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters; his siblings, Arlene Grau of Croghan; Regina Herzig of Castorland; Theodore B. Virkler Jr (Mae) of Croghan; Norma and Melvin Zehr of Lowville; Nathaniel and Sheila Virkler of Lowville; Kendall and Marlene Virkler of Lowville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Donald, who passed away on January 10, 2015; granddaughter, Jaclyn May Petzoldt; and two brothers-in-law, Ray Grau and Bradley Herzig.

Rita was born on September 4, 1932 in the city of New Bremen, NY, the daughter of the late Theodore Benjamin and Amelia Belle Farney Virkler. She graduated valedictorian from Beaver Falls High School in the class of 1949. On June 30, 1951, she married Donald J. Petzoldt at United Brethren Evangelical Church, Beaver Falls, with ministers of Christian Apostolic Church in America, Croghan officiating. Together with her husband, they purchased her husband’s family dairy farm and were dairy farmers for life.

Rita was a life member of the Christian Apostolic Church in America, Lowville.

Condolences can be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.

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