September 13, 1925 - November 6, 2019
Born in Detroit, MI
Resided in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
During World War II, Rita did her part for her country by working at the Packard plant which manufactured marine and aircraft engines for the war effort. During high school, she met her husband, Ted, who later served in the United States Army Air Force during the war as a navigator of a B-17. The couple were married at 7:00 am on May 5, 1944 at St. Albertus Church in Detroit while Ted was on leave. Rita and Ted's wedding portrait was taken at Hudson's Department Store and was kept on display long after the wedding.
After the war, Rita kept very busy raising her and Ted's six children. Rita also worked as a waitress at the Brass Rail Restaurant and later became a saleswoman at Notre Dame Pharmacy where she worked for over three decades. She enjoyed her job and, as a "people person", she especially took pleasure in serving and interacting with customers. Rita also enjoyed decorating her home, spending time with Ted and her family at their cottage on Harsens Island, and traveling to Florida with Ted in the winter.
Rita and Ted celebrated their 75th anniversary with a blessing at the Capuchin Monastery on May 5 of this year. Rita and Ted nurtured a close and loving family who will greatly miss her.
Beloved wife of Ted, loving mother of Gregory (Bernadette), Susan (David) Dely, Deva (Thomas) Ludwig, Patrice (Robert) Ticknor, Michael (Mary), and Laura (Andrew) Tassopoulos. Cherished grandmother of 13 and proud great-grandmother of 16.
A memorial Mass for Rita will be held on December 3rd at 10 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea church. Inurnment at Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit, MI will take place immediately after.
Donations in Rita's memory may be made to the Capuchin Franciscan Province
of St. Joseph, 1820 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit, MI 48207.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
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Detroit, MI US 48207
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