Rita Jeanne Zaengle passed away Saturday, October 15, 2005 in Denver, CO. Born in Torrance, CA, September 14, 1959 and a 1977 graduate of El Segundo High School, Rita is survived by her loving fiance, Ron McGrew, her mother, Leta Zaengle, her twin sister, Francie Matthews, her sisters Chris Dobrovolny, Karen Lourey, Betty Triana, her brother Joe Zaengle, sister-in-law, Nancy Zaengle, brothers-in-law, Victor Triana, Donald Wagley and Mike Lourey, 15 nieces and nephews, 12 grand-nephews and grand-nieces, two aunts, one uncle, and numerous cousins. Her father, George Zaengle, preceded her in death in 1989. Rita and Ron recently retired early to Panama from Roseburg, Oregon, where she and Ron’s sister, Linda, ran a successful real estate and escrow company. A gathering of family and friends will be Friday, October 21, 2005 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. with the Rosary at 7:00 p.m., both at White & Day Mortuary in Manhattan Beach, CA. The Funeral Mass will be Saturday, October 22, 2005, 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, El Segundo, CA. Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA. A reception will follow at El Segundo Recreation Park Clubhouse at the corner of Pine and Eucalyptus (call 310-524-2706 for directions or questions). Our beautiful, darling girl with the big brown eyes will live in our hearts and memories forever.

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  1. Dear Ron, Linda and Rita’s family: I just returned from a trip to Japan on Nov 1st and was shocked and saddened to learn of Rita’s sudden passing and just wanted to share my deepest sympathy to all of you in your unexpected and “premature” loss of Rita (she was so young). As others have mentioned, Rita’s “winning” smile and laugh will remain in the memories of all those who knew her. I worked in real estate with Rita and Linda and admired Rita’s “classy” style. My brother,Willie, shared some of Rita’s emails of your adventures in Panama, Ron, and it was fun hearing that you were both enjoying living down there. I’m sure it will be difficult for you to carry on there without Rita, Ron, but hope that your fond memories of happy times shared together will help to comfort you in the coming days and months. I know Rita was a big help to you, Ron & Linda, during your Mother’s illness before her death and I’m sure you treasure that time spent together with Rita as well. With my sincere sympathy and “hugs” Janet Johnston

  2. My heartfelt thanks and appreciation to everyone for the love, kindness and comfort shown to our family at the loss of my darling daughter. God bless you all. To Rita … You came to us for a little while with your sparkling eyes and gorgeous smile. You were such a joy with your mind so sharp, Embracing us with your loving heart. Your brother and sisters will miss you so. They never imagined you’d have to go. We know you’re looking down from Heaven above, … especially on Ron … your one true love. You’ve left such a void in your mother’s heart. She never expected you to depart. But with trust in our loving Savior’s way, She knows she’ll see you again one day. You’re now with your Dad … give him a hug for us. We all love you both so very much. … with love from Mom

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about Rita. My fond memories…she always had a good joke & we both liked Rod Stewart. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

  4. Rita, we will miss your laughter and smiles. I’m sure you are watching over all of us. Ron – God speed you to Roseburg.

  5. I will miss you, my friend. You opened a whole new chapter in my life and I will always be grateful.

  6. You are in our hearts and will always be in our prayers. Thanks for helping with the creation of our family compound. The Bauschers The Krogens The Sciapitis

  7. Rita, you were the angel that came into everyone’s lives and will always be with us. Your smile and laughter was a blessing to all who knew you. Ron and Linda, our thoughts and love go out to you both. Love, Gretchen and John

  8. Dear Ron and all of Rita’s family: I want you all to know that I loved your Rita like a sister – she was my Roseburg ya-ya. Ron I know you know the meaning of that, I hope some of her family members know as well. There are very, very few people in my life that I would refer to that way .. and Rita was one of them because I loved her so much. Rita and I only got to really know each other just a couple of years ago. Even though I’d worked with Ron & known him for almost 20 years, I’d just never had the opportunity to get to know Rita. Then I landed up on a wine-tour bus with her, Ron, Linda & Jorgen. We hit it off immediately & from that day forward I considered her one of my very best, dearest & closest friends. She was a wonderful, loving, giving & caring person. I’ll remember her for all the times we had together, but most of all I will remember her laugh. God I loved to hear her laugh – it was so very infectious. She could light up a room with that laugh. I know that as a friend, I am going to miss her so terribly and my heart breaks for the pain, hurt, sorrow and loss that all of you are feeling. I am so sorry we all had to lose her so soon, but I know her love & her spirit will be with us forever in a million different ways. I’d like to share a poem that I think describes the way Rita would want us all to feel… I’m Free Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day..to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found that place at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it up with remembered joy… A freindship shared, a laugh, a kiss..ah yes, these things I too will miss. But be not burdened with times of sorrow….I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I’ve savored much..good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up you heart and share with me..God wanted me now. He set me free. My love & prayers go to each of you, I will never forget your Rita. Sheila Cox, Roseburg, Oregon

  9. We are sad with all of you. We know that Rita treasured her family, friends and Ron. May the hole in all our hearts be filled with wonderful memories of all the fun, good times and laughter that was shared with Rita. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, and if there is anything we can do to help please let us know. We will miss her. Ron, we are always here for you!


  11. Rita, I have known you for many years now, but I’ve always lived so far away that I didn’t get to know you as well as I wanted to. I know that you made Uncle Ron very, very happy and that Aunt Linda loved you very much. I will always remember that beautiful smile and contagious laugh of yours. I miss you so much already. You will forever be in my heart, always remembered “Aunt Rita.” Love, ~ Sunflower

  12. ron, we have no words to express our sadness , both at the loss of such a bright soul, and for the pain you are feeling. our monday “runch bunch” was always more fun when rita could be there. we feel very lucky to have gotten to share some time with you both. may the memories soon fill the hole in your heart. if there is ANYTHING we can do to help, please ask. peace my friend gary and lisa

  13. Rita, you made us better by knowing you and you’ll make where you’re going better by being there. Godspeed and we love you. Buck it up, Ron, it will get better. Larry and Patti

  14. From the moment we met, we were family! She sold us our home and with it came fine friends, foods, family and laughs. In only 4 short years we made many happy memories together that will now have to last a lifetime. We love her and will miss her greatly always. Rusdee & Mike Chastain

  15. Ron, Dave and I are praying for you. We always enjoyed spending time with you and Rita. She was always such a happy, smiley, lady. She will be missed by so many. We hope that knowing that others care will be of some comfort for you now. Gods speed Rita…


  17. We are so blessed to have known Rita and shared her joy of life. She’s been a close friend and I’ll remember all the laughs we shared together and funny moments in life and as Realtors. Ron and Linda and Rita’s family-my thoughts and prayers are with you- Love, Mary

  18. Rita, we love you and will miss you forever. You and Ron made our years in Oregon the best years of our life. One could not ask for better friends. Ron and Linda, our hearts are breaking for you. So much love, Nancy and Buddy

  19. Rita – we had so much fun together. There are so many memories that I will cherish and think of to comfort me. Best Friends Forever!! Mike and I will miss you so much. Ron, you know that we are always here for you. We love you.

  20. Rita: It is so unbelievable that we lost you. We had so little time together as kids, seeing each other for just hours at a time: A day here, a day there. But I can remember the first time we met. It was at Joe and Nancys house in Torrance, you were with your sister Francie and there was a swing set in their backyard. We spent most of the day there. I will keep those memories close to my heart. Your family and friends have an empty space in their hearts where you once filled with your laugh and personality. It never really will get filled like it was with you. Say hello to my dad for me. Love Uncle Phil–

  21. To Rita’s Loved Ones, Rita was joy and I felt kinship with her where our paths were shared. My prayers and healing thoughts to you…Lynn

  22. Francie and Family, I read of your loss today and wanted to let you know that my thoughts are with you.

  23. We enjoyed the time we knew you and give our best regardes. May you live on through our memories.

  24. Rita, You have been a huge part of my mine and my dad’s lives for the past several years. You will be missed very much by everyone, including me. My heart goes out to all of Rita’s family, and to you dad. I love you very much and I’ll always be here for you.

  25. Rita, I often think of the good times we had as kids together back in Jr. High, with Francie, Marie Jamele,Judy Johnson and Judy Fowler. Then we were all together again for more good times at our 20 year class reunion. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Karen Armijo Jaunzemis

  26. I’ll always remember the fun times & laughter we all shared together….the memories will remain with me forever and always.

  27. If I had to describe Rita in one word, it would be ‘fun’! Some people are just taken from their loved ones way too soon…Ron & Linda, our hearts go out to you. Rita was a class act & will be missed by many. Our Lake Shasta houseboat trip had a catastrophy or two (it seemed to me anyway) but through it all Rita’s laughter and beautiful smiling face prevailed. Be strong…

  28. Dear Ron, We don’t know what it’s like to lose someone under the circumstances that you have. But whenever someone you love is gone, there is always an empty spot in our lives. We can imagine that you are hurting just like all of us who knew Rita. Those of us who knew Rita could tell that she loved you very much. Please know that you are surrounded by friends and family that love and can comfort you during this time. We are always here for you. Love, Dan and Khara

  29. Memories of Aunt Rita? Where would I even begin? I’ll tell you a couple of things I will never forget: That contagious laugh of hers, those big brown eyes that seemed to hold the moon and the soul of an angel. My heart breaks for my Grandmother, all my Aunts, my Uncle Joe, and the rest of our large family. Ron, you are a part of our family, and we are here for you. I miss you Aunt Rita and I’ll love you forever.

  30. It’s been so hard to come up with just a FEW nice words about aunt Rita. That smile of hers will never be forgotten. When she would come home to visit, it was so much fun just listening to her and her enthusiasm sharing her stories! I love you all and am so happy to be apart of your family! Rita lives on in each one of you!

  31. Dear friends, Thank you for your kind words and shared memories of my sister. Words cannot begin to express the feeling of loss Rita’s family is experiencing. Our baby sister is gone. Rita, I love you and will miss you forever. Chris

  32. Ron, Rita was such a wonderful person, always smiling and so cheerful. I find myself at a loss for words but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  33. With the deepest sympathy From the Edward & Norma Lockwood family here in Texas. (Edward Jr, Elizabeth, Timothy Lockwood), (Nathan, Shannon and Makala Lockwood) and (John Charles Lockwood. Our hearts go out to the whole family at this time. We would love to get email address from all of yall. May God Bless and comfort you.

  34. I am deeply saddened by such a loss to you Ron, Linda and Rita’s Family.What a wonderful lady, friend and neighbor. I will never forget her smile, friendship and laughter. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sandy

  35. Aunt Leta and Family, Dale and I want to express our deepest sympathies. We are with you in prayer and spirit. Your family always added life to family gatherings, especially our wedding. We send our love and know that Rita and Uncle George are sharing a laugh and a big hug up in heaven. Love and Prayers Mary & Dale Hoch

  36. It was God’s plan that I be with Rita shortly before her passing to gain a renewed appreciation of her zeal and energy. The bond we all formed in those final hours is something quite indescribable. My prayers go out to our entire family. With love, Barry

  37. Chris , It’s sooo hard losing a loved one…I really feel for you . We love them when they’re here and continue to when they’re gone. I know you are very strong Chris and just know I have you in my heart always. Sue

  38. Dear Karen, Leta and Family: I want you and your family (many of whom I have not met) to know how saddened I am to hear of your loss. My heart breaks for all of you. May God comfort your hearts and surround you with His love. Although I did not know Rita, I can see from her picture that she was a beautiful human being (inside and in her spirit). It is always difficult to lose someone you love. However, she is just a breath away and will always live in the hearts of all who knew her. With my love…Dena (a work-friend of Karen Lourey)

  39. Ron, we are so sad to hear of your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care


  41. Ron, Please know you and Rita’s family are in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss Rita and will always remember her easy smile, laughter and wonderful sense of humor. We’re here for you.

  42. Our memories of Aunt Rita are a warm smile,a big hug,a generous heart and a positive attitude. We loved the the time we spent with her at her home in Half Moon Bay. Rita give Grandpa a big hug for me! We Love You, Mark,Quin,Cody&Kendra

  43. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of Rita’s family and friends. She was such a beautiful and special lady. She always had a smile. Ron…. we love you. Everyone at B&B sends their deepest condolences and love out to you. You are in our prayers, friend.

  44. Beautiful Rita with her big eyes and even bigger smile will live on in our hearts. Rich and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Rita’s family. To Ron and Linda words fail us – we ache for your grief. There are just no words that can convey to you how much we treasured Rita. We are here for you both, for whatever you need. Our prayer is for Peace and Comfort in this very difficult time. Love – Rich and Robin

  45. Dearest Rita: The memories have flooded through me this week of so many wonderful times we shared. The wine tours & festivals, the concert picnics, the gourmet dinner club, hiking to Twin Lakes, the Country Fair, the birthday parties, the laying of the hardwood floor, the movies, the long lunches and just the long talks. You had a gift for life, a gift for friendship and a gift for love and you will be greatly missed.

  46. Karen, Leta, Joe, Betty, Chris & Francie . . . my love and prayers are with you all. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Rita. Growing up with all of you,was a time filled with wonderful happy memories. The loving Zaengle’s were my other family. Thank you for sharing your love with me . . . please know that I’m also sharing your pain with you now. Rita will be missed. May the Lord give all of you comfort and peace. All my love, Paula

  47. Dear Ron, Linda, and all those who loved Rita, The question why can never be answered; we just continue our lives as best we can dealing with our grief and remembering the wonderful moments Rita gave to each of us. She will be missed by so many. Remember, there are many folks waiting to help when you ask. Love, Connie and The Wellness Clinic Staff

  48. Leta and family, I still cannot believe that Rita is no longer with us. I close my eyes and see her big brown eyes and that wonderful smile. How could I forget the memorable times we shared. She was like a sister to me. Words cannot bring her back, but she will live in my heart forever. Our sincere condoleances. Lia & Telis Kakaris

  49. I can’t even remember how we became friends because it was so long ago and it just seems that it was always so. Despite rarely seeing each other in the past 20 years, the times we were together we just connected again like true friends do. Thoughts of you have been often in the last few months during travels to Oregon and looking forward to getting together when we move there shortly. It saddens me so much that I didn’t get in touch sooner, but I know that eventually we’ll see each other again. All my love Rita. My heart is with your family and Ron, as I know how much you were loved by everyone.

  50. Tom is previous owner of businesses in Roseburg which Rita sold for him. We always enjoyed our dealings with Rita, she was a true professional and a classy lady. She will be greatly missed.

  51. I would like to thank all of you who have shared your memories of my sister, Rita – especially her Roseburg “family”. How blessed she was to have you all and it comforts us to know she was loved by many friends. Even though our hearts are broken, we are doing what we think Rita would have liked, celebrating her life and remembering the joy she brought to everyone she touched. Ron, wherever you are, know that we consider you family and hope you will think of us and stay in touch. You are a precious connection to our baby sister, a connection I hope we never lose.

  52. Ron, May the concern and sympathy of those who care help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.

  53. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rita’s family. We did not know Rita extremely well but feel blessed to have known her for several years in Roseburg. Special condolences to Ron – may all the wonderful memories you have sustain you in this difficult time.

  54. So very tragic! Rita was an incredible lady with an obvious world of friends and loved ones. Always had the big smile and always seemed so positive. So weird how I lost two friends on the same day yet so many miles apart. My thoughts are with you and your family and with Sunny.

  55. Rita and Francie were born less than a year after my son David’s birth. How exciting that my aunt and I were both having babies around the same time! Watching the kids grow up together even though we weren’t always living in the same state with the Zaengles was fun to say the least. One of my favorite photos of the twins was the one where my father was holding the two babies on his lap with a huge grin on his face. He was so proud of them and loved them very much. I remember Rita as always being very happy, with a big smile and the light of joy and excitement in her big brown eyes. She and David became great friends. In fact, if truth were to be known, I had the distinct feeling at times that they had become true “kissing cousins.” They each took true pleasure in each other’s company and saw each other often when Rita lived in Half Moon Bay and David was in the Navy. It is sad that these two young people were the first to leave their families behind broken hearted and grieving for their passing. And yet, that must have been God’s plan for them. It is a bittersweet thought to think that they are laughing together once again. My love to you, Rita, and to all of you who will miss her so dearly. Something tells me Rita has made this journey with just as much joy and excitement as she has made all others. Your cousin, Patty

  56. I am so sorry to hear about Rita-I use to do her hair and she was one of the few people I really missed talking with after I retired. She was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed. My prayers are with the family and friends. God Bless, Kerstin

  57. Rita was such a sweet lady, my thoughts are with your family and with Ron in this time of your loss.

  58. We are so saddened to know that we will never again see Rita’s beautiful smile, hear her wonderful laugh or share another moment with her. We miss her and you too, Ron. We think of you so often and hope you are finding the strength to get through this very painful time. We love you and Linda. Doug and Marilyn

  59. To Ron and Rita’s family– My prayers are with you as you make your way through this sudden loss. Rita’s smile and loving ways will live with us all. Peace be with you all. JoAnn DeSpain

  60. I am so very sorry to hear about Rita’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ron, Linda and Rita’s family. I will always remember Rita’s smile and twinkling eyes. May your many memories help you through this time of grief.

  61. I only knew you when we were in high school, then when I joined the military we grew apart….I still think of you from time to time…..John Curia

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