Rita was born in Montreal, Quebec and moved with her family to the United States while still a young child. She mastered the English language in a matter of months! Rita raised a family, took care of her husband, Harry, and loved the simple joys of life. She took the day as it came and truly enjoyed what the day held. She lived life with a grateful heart. She loved her vacations and trips and was content. A short day trip brought her as much joy as a trip to a national park.
Rita loved to fish, take care of her yard (her roses were excellent!) and house and play with her dogs. Over the years a veritable zoo inhabited her home. She loved her dogs and devoted countless hours to them. When one of her beasts passed away she was devastated. Misty, Brandy, Muffin and Gretchen. Just names but names that filled her life with joy. In fact, Rita is now buried with the ashes of Gretchen. She and Gretchen would have loved it!
Rita volunteered at every opportunity. She was active in Red Cross, Mental Health and her church. Awards adorn the walls of her home attesting to her devotion to her work. She maintained a tough volunteer schedule despite suffering from rheumatoid arthritis most of her adult life.
Her faith was deep and profound. Born in the Roman Catholic faith, Rita enthusiastically embraced the Episcopal Church after marrying her husband. In 2011 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Instead of despair and self-pity, fully recognizing what lay ahead, she proudly proclaimed to her husband her faith in God. A woman who had lost everything – even her own memories – lifted her voice to praise God.
Rita will be forever missed by her husband, Harry, to whom she was married almost 40 years.
A gentle soul, a kind and loving heart, a forgiving nature, an abiding faith. A life well lived.
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