January 25, 1924 ~ August 27, 2008
January 25, 1924
August 27, 2008
Rita was an extraordinary, energetic woman. Though she stood only 4'6" tall, she towered over others with her love and exuberance for everything she did.
She was born into a traditional large Italian family surrounded by music, great food, and greater love. She so enjoyed the beach that she and her husband, Walter, moved her family to Hermosa Beach.
Her adoration of music drew her into her job as one of the first Executive Secretaries at Local 47 Musicians Union.
She and Walter purchased a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream store, but Rita maintained her position at the Union, working there during the day, and at the ice cream store in the early evening. She still was able to come home after that and make a family meal every night.
Rita loved a good time. Her home at the beach was always filled with family and friends. There was never a lack of home-made Italian food.
In her later years she turned her social life towards the local Senior Clubs becoming the Vice President of the Redondo Beach Seniors Association. She like to call it the "President of Vice."
She donated her time and talent cooking and calling Bingo. She loved Bingo, and loved the trips provided by the clubs. After Walter died, she spent a lot of time traveling with her family and friends to enjoy the casinos and, mainly, the Bingo Halls.
She died at home on August 27, 2008 at 3:12 AM surrounded by her loving family and in the gentle arms of her son-in-law, Troy Dickey.
She is survived by her large and loving family of children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation and Rosary will be held on Sun. Sept. 7 from 4-8PM at McCormick Mortuary. 1998 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach.
Funeral Mass and Interment will be held on Mon. Sept.8 at 9:30AM at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.
Reception to follow at The Chart House Marina Del Rey.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society www.leukemia-lymphoma.org, or American Red Cross www.redcross.org.
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