Virisine Racumu

Virisine Racumu online 050119.JPG crop (she is on left)Virisine Racumu passed away, peacefully at home, on April 17, 2019. She was surrounded by her son, brothers, sisters, mother, nieces and nephews, all of whom were in Fiji, and participating in a novena with her via video call. Viri was born on February 16, 1961 on the island of Taveuni, Fiji. She was the fifth of ten children, the third oldest girl. She attended primary and secondary school on Taveuni. As a young girl she loved playing netball, a sport she continued into her adulthood. Playing netball afforded her the opportunity to compete throughout Fiji, which ignited her life long love of travel and adventure. As there was no college on the island, a family friend taught her how to type. With this skill, she obtained employment, as a clerk, at the the Wairiki parish office.

In 1983 she began work at the Castaway Resort, and it was there she met the man who would later become her husband, After two years, she began work at another resort. It was there she met David and Elsa Miller, and was hired by them to help manage their real estate company. She was married in 1992. They welcomed a child, who she named Tony Lealea Racumu, into their family in 1994. Two years later, her husband passed away. She continued to work for the Millers, until she left Fiji in 2008, to come to the United States. Once in the United States, Viri obtained work as a caregiver, working first for Col. Aaron Shapiro in San Anselmo, then coming to Los Altos in 2011to care for Lindy and Allan McLeod. Viri’s enormous capacity for love, and enthusiasm for life, was a priceless gift to both families. After Lindy’s passing, Viri stayed on with Allan, and became more actively involved in the local Catholic community: serving weekday mass, decorating the church for Christmas and Easter, working in the rummage sales, and helping out at the parish center (all at St. Nicholas). She also participated in bible study group at St. Simon. She was also one of Allan’s volunteers, working in the cafe at the Los Altos Library. She loved to travel, and visited Alaska, New England, New York City, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Chicago. Viri is survived by her mother, 83, her son Tony, five sisters and four brothers, 24 nieces and nephews, 24 grandnieces and grandnephews, 4 great-grandnieces and a great-grandnephew. Donations in her memory can be made to Hospice of the Valley, and the parishes of St. Nicholas, St. William, and St. Simon. There will be a mass, and celebration of Viri’s life, on May 4th, noon, at St. Nicholas church in Los Altos. Please wear colorful attire (Hawaiian shirts, flowered dresses, etc).