Rita Ripa

Obituary of Rita Ripa

Rita L. Ripa, loving wife of Sebastian F. Ripa for 70 years, died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of June 3rd, in her home in Middletown. Born in Fall River, MA on April 17, 1915. She was the daughter of the late Bernard and Albina Pelletier Levesque. She was 91 years old. In addition to Sebastian, Rita is survived by three daughters, Marie, Mrs. Thomas Maguire, of California and Little Compton, Jeanne, Mrs. Bryan D. Cooney, of Little Compton and Florida and Nancy Sweetser of New York and East Hampton, her sister Annette Borges, thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and many friends in both Newport and Wellington. Rita was predeceased by her son Joseph Ripa, her sister Gloria Boulay and two brothers, Barney and Edward Levesque. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday June 6, 2006 at St. Mary's Church, Spring St., Newport at 10am. Burial in St. Columba Cemetery in Middletown. Visiting hours Monday June 5, 2006 from 5:00 -8:00pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport, R.I. Donations may be made in her memory to Miracle House, 80 Eighth Ave., Suite 315, New York, NY 10011 or to St. Vincent De Paul, 5 Mann Ave., Newport, RI 02840
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