Rita F. Monitello
May 31, 1932 ‒ May 16, 2013
LEXINGTON: Rita F. Monitello, age 80, of Lexington passed away Thursday morning, May 16, 2013 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a brief illness.
She was born May 31, 1932 in Westfield, Pennsylvania, the daughter of George and Elsie (Cleveland) Beach and was graduated from Westfield High School in 1950.
On September 22, 1956 she married Nicholas A. Monitello who preceded her in death in 1992.
Rita worked for 10 years as the advertising manager for Montgomery Ward’s, however, she dedicated herself to raising her four boys.
A Richland County resident since 1957, Rita was a member of Resurrection Parish where she was a member of the Catholic Women’s Club. She was also a member of Sons of Italy, Respect for Life and the Lexington Senior Civic Center. She was also an integral part of many dinners, serving as the chair of the dinner committee for Lexington High School, Richland Newhope, and Sons of Italy.
Rita loved flowers and was talented at floral arranging. She also enjoyed reading and cooking.
She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law William G. and Mel Hersman of Farmington, New Mexico, Kimberly S. and Penny Hersman of Lexington, Robert S. and Linda Monitello of Kirtland and Nicholas J. and Amy Monitello of Lexington; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, a special niece Ann and Elwood Austin of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania along with several other nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Rita was preceded in death by a brother Francis Pickett and a sister Minnie Graves.
Friends may call Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 2-5 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a vigil service will be held at 4:45 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday at 10:30 am in Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Avenue, Lexington. The Very Rev. Father Nelson Beaver, celebrant. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 12 noon in St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery in Elmira, New York.
Memorial contributions to the National Right to Life or the Lexington Senior Civic Center may be made through the funeral home.
Private condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.