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May 29, 2014
Rooney and Conway Family;
I find this so hard to believe and accept. The few years I knew Rita in Ireland will always be positive ones. She was kind hearted and always had time to be genuinely engaging. I am very sorry for your great loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you,
December 02, 2013
Dr Conway, You are in our thoughts today.
December 01, 2013
I am missing Rita today. Know that she is in my thoughts and prayers always.
Dianne Mallett
March 18, 2013
Dear Larry,

I am so sorry to hear about Rita. I remember when I met both of you during my freshman year at Brown. She always had a bright and warm smile. My prayers are with you and your family.

Sincerely,
Dr. Eli N. Avila
26th Secretary of Health, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
January 09, 2013
dear Rooneys, I am so grieved by the loss of Rita. She's truly a remarkable woman...I know that she is missed by friends and family.
Sincerest thoughts, Allan John Michael Zagzebski
January 05, 2013
To Rita's Family I am so sorry to have heard of Rita passing I volunteered with her on Saturday morning and we shared many conversation of her teaching CCD She was truly a kind, caring, lady and a proud Mother to her son. Rita always had a smile for everyone at the Food center She will be missed by all of us at St Anthony's Shrine Food Center But we must try to take comfort to know Rita is truly resting in the arms of our Lord
Sincerely
Lois Diamond
December 29, 2012
Dear Dr. Conway, I am saddened by the loss of your wife. Had I known, I would have been there at your time of sorrow. I read how devoted she was to the church and I am sure that she is now resting with God. Sincerely, Paul Donato
December 23, 2012
Larry,

I am very sorry to hear about your wife's passing. My sincere condolences to you, Alex and the Rooney family.
December 21, 2012
Dr.Conway and Alex we were shocked and deeply saddened by your loss.May God bless you and may you find comfort in her memories.
December 20, 2012











Dear Larry, Alex,Rooney & Conway families. Absolutely shocked and saddened to hear of Rita's death. We all have lost a special, special woman.
So kind, warm, caring, smart, funny and
generous, What an absolutely wonderful
human being you Rooneys produced. We
are all the better for knowing her.
My condolences to both families & friends. This is not the end. We'll see her again in another lifetime.
December 20, 2012
Dear Rooney friends and Alex,
Rita was and still is one of the brightest lights in my life. Her love for me and my little family was steadfast, never-ending and unconditional. In my entire 44 years of being her close friend, she never got angry with me! I am in the process of compiling sweet memories that I will pass along. Rita's love was true love, and it will never die. I love Rita, and you all dearly, now and always, Francess Reda (Missy)
December 16, 2012
To the Conway and Rooney families. My deepest sympathies to you and your family on your heartbreaking loss. May God bless all of you and may you be comforted by her memories.
December 14, 2012
To Larry, Alex and the entire family, we were so very sorry to hear of Rita's death. She was the smartest, nicest, warmest young woman at Brown all those years ago, and we know she kept those wonderful qualities. Our hearts go out to those she left behind. Our deepest sympathies. Mark Maremont and Emily Dreifus and family.
December 14, 2012
Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to the Rooney and Conway families. My thoughts are with you.
December 13, 2012
My sincerest condolences. One of the reasons I'm a Steelers fan is because of the admiration I have for the Rooney family. 1st class all the way. The world is a better place I'm sure due to Rita's contributions. May God look after her husband and son!
December 13, 2012
I was priveleged to attend Rita's beautiful service. Rita was a radiant person. I hadn't regular contact with my cousin Rita for over forty years but on the infrequent occassions we had she greeted me in a way that me feel welcomed. My deepest sympathy to Rita's son, her mom and dad and to all her family. Enjoy your peaceful rest Rita.Your Aunt Bea loved you very much.
December 12, 2012
To the Rooney and Conway Families: I offer my sincere sympathy to you all regarding the loss of Rita. I worked with Rita at Eckert Seamans and recall her gentle spirit and lovely demeanor. My prayers are with you all at this sad time. I feel so sad and I knew her only briefly. May the Lord ease your sorrow.
December 12, 2012
I knew Rita when I worked in the Lower School Admissions Office at Milton Academy--she was one of our tour guides for potential families. She was the loveliest person--sweet, kind, sincere and a wonderful example for those considering Milton for their children. I am so very sorry to hear of her passing and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. A finer lady has never existed--what a tragic loss for all those who love her.
December 11, 2012
I always walked away from a conversation with Rita wanting to be a better person. What a gift.Her love for her son was immense.RIP
December 11, 2012
I am so sad to hear about the sudden passing of this wonderful sweet lady. My memories of Rita are full of laughter and pure kindness. Please know that your Daughter, Mother, Sister and Wife was loved by many and we are all blessed for having Rita in our lives.
December 11, 2012
Dear Rooney and Conway families, I was so sad to hear about Rita's passing. I know your hearts are broken and I can only imagine the sadness you feel. Rita was a very special woman- wife and mother extraordinaire! I will be praying for your entire family and cherishing memories of Rita at Milton Academy See You in September picnic.
December 11, 2012
I am very saddened to hear of Rita's passing. I had the privilege of volunteering with her at the Franciscan Food Center at St. Anthony's Shrine. Rita was very proud of her son Alex. Rita will be greatly missed.
December 11, 2012
Dr Conway & Rooney family:
My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family..God Bless & stay strong
Dianne Shauck
Woburn,MA
December 10, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Rita. My prayers go out to Rita, her family and the Rooney family. She was such a kind woman. God Bless.
December 10, 2012
To Larry, Alex and the Rooney family, I was sorry to hear of Rita's passing. I remember her from working with her in Dublin with great fondness. I know she will be sadly missed.
December 09, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Rooney and family,
Devastated by the news of Rita's passing. Such a beautiful person, inside and out. Tempus fugit, Rita, I am privileged to have known you.
December 09, 2012
My prayers are with you all now, as an unexpected passing is one of the most difficult. Use your faith, and each other, to find the support you will need to bare this difficult time.
Gods blessings are with you.
Friend of Duffy -Carlow College.
Theresa, Mary, Roger,Dominic and parents in Titusville, PA.
December 09, 2012
Dr.Conway,my deepest sympathy to you and your son.Marjorie Knox, Wilmington,Ma.
December 08, 2012

Dear Ambassador and Mrs. Rooney
Art and Jimmy and the entire family
I am so saddened to hear of Rita's passing. I remember when Jimmy worked in Washington, he always spoke so lovingly of his big sister. You have my deepest sympathy and many prayers for Rita and all of you, in your grief. May all your memories provide some comfort now and always.
December 08, 2012
My deep condolences to the Rooney family. Rest in peace RMR.
December 08, 2012
Rita was a wonderful classmate at Fontbonne Academy and I have often thought so fondly of Rita over the years. My sincere condolences to the Rooney family.
December 08, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Rita's family. I went to Fontbonne with her and even though we may not have been friends I remember she always had a smile and hello for everyone. I am sure she will be missed.
December 08, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all the Rooney family regarding Rita's passing. Although it's been more than thirty years since I worked at the Steelers offices, I still remember Rita's beautiful smile & kind & gentle ways. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. I will keep all of you in my prayers. May Rita rest in peace.
Linda Kulzer
December 08, 2012
We are deeply saddened to learn of Rita's death and send our most heartfelt sympathy. The world is a better place because of Rita. We are thinking of you during this incredibly difficult time.
December 08, 2012
We are so sorry to hear of Rita's premature passing. It is a tragedy to all who knew her. We wish the Rooney family peace, especially her husband Dr. Laurence Conway and son Alexander.
Rita was a lovely lady and an honor to have enjoyed her presence at all the family functions. May she have peace in Heaven.
Fondly, Fran and Hugh Caspe
December 07, 2012
Dear Ambassador and Mrs. Rooney
Art and Jimmy and the entire family
I am so saddened to hear of Rita's passing. I remember when Jimmy worked in Washington, he always spoke so lovingly of his big sister. You have my deepest sympathy and many prayers for Rita and all of you, in your grief. May all your memories provide some comfort now and always.
December 07, 2012
Pat and Dan and Family, Though we did not know Rita, we have heard so many wonderful things about her and wish we had! You have such supportive family and friends and such strong faith that, in this time of grief, you will never be alone. You are in our prayers. Love, Tom and Mona
December 07, 2012
As one of Alex's teachers, I will remember Rita as a gentle person and an adoring mother. My heart goes out to Alex and Larry and her entire family.
December 07, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of Rita's death. I have such fond memories of her during our sons' baseball games. My thoughts are with you all. Linda (Will Lovely's mother)
December 07, 2012
Rita was a kind and loving person. Her life and her legacy will never be forgotten.
December 07, 2012
I met Rita at Boston College on our Orientation day for the School of Theology and Ministry. After introducing ourselves, we soon found out that we had a lot in common: same home town, love of the Steelers and our city, and that her sister was my kindergarten teacher. It was such a small world. Rita and I were also in a class together this semester, and sat next to one another. It was such a joy to know her, and she is most definitely missed.

The entire School of Theology and Minstry lifts her up in our prayers this Advent season.

Peace,
Jo Ann
December 07, 2012
Rita was the cog to the wheel of a bunch of girls at Fontbonne Academy in the 1970s. She was the facilitator, mediator and ever-smiler at all times. We all got together at the reunion a few years ago and it was as if we never left one another. We all are so sad losing such an amazing person but more importantly our tears and spirit of healing go to her family who will never get over Rita's leaving. Mr. and Mrs. Rooney you raised an amazing daughter who influenced us all in so many ways! To Alex, we will watch you be an a true musician and individual with your mom watching over you everyday. Larry, we knew you since we were teens and all send hugs! Patti Murray Solomon
December 07, 2012
So sorry to hear of Rita' passing. Such a lovely woman. I was privileged to work across the hall from her at Eckert Seamans. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Sincerely, Nancy Heraud
December 07, 2012
Dear Rooney Family,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. What a wonderful, kind, loving person Rita was...What a blessing to call her a friend. We went to St. Bernards and to Fontbonne together and I had the pleasure of seeing her several years ago. My deepest sympathy on this great loss.
Rosemary Gaglia
December 07, 2012
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom and daughter. God's blessings to you and all the families. She did not pass away she switched worlds where she can watch over all of you.
December 07, 2012
We were so sorry to hear of the loss to the Rooney family. Warm thoughts and prayers from Steelers fans in Lafayette, Oregon.
December 07, 2012
To the Rooney Family,

My deepest sympathy on the loss of Rita. I didn't know her personally, but I've heard that she was an angel on earth. My heart aches for you during this most difficult time. May God bless you all.
Clare Goetz (Carol Murphy's sister)
December 07, 2012
Mr and Mrs Rooney,
My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always.
I have such fond memories of Rita in high school, always the sweetest and most beautiful...
May God bless you both
~ Lisa Scalo McMenamin
December 07, 2012
To the Rooney family - my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Sincerely,
A Steeler Fan in Delaware
December 07, 2012
Dear Alex, Larry, and the Conway and Rooney families,

I am deeply saddened to hear of Rita's passing. Rita was one of the kindest people I have ever met. I will forever remember Rita for her grace, warm smile, intelligence, sincerity and gentle nature. She was truly an angel on this earth, and I am honored to have known her. May God bless and comfort you and your family at this most difficult time.
December 07, 2012
Dear Doctor Conway,
My deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to you and your family. I was shocked to hear of the news of Rita's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are the best!
December 07, 2012
Dear Duffy and Family,
Please accept my sincerest sympathy in the loss of your sister. May you and your family find comfort in one another during this sad time.
December 07, 2012
Duffy we are very sorry for the loss of your sister, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Cathie & Danny Haftl
December 07, 2012
Dear Rooney Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your memories of Rita will forever be in your hearts.
Tony, Cathy, Angela, Noelle and Maria DiGioia
December 07, 2012
To Alex, Larry and The Rooney Family, We are sorry to hear of Rita's passing. We met Rita when Larry and Rob coached the boys she was a wonderful caring person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
December 07, 2012
Our deepest sympathy in your loss.
Dwyer, Joanne & Beth Sheehan
Dunbar, PA
December 07, 2012
John and the Rooney family,
I was so deeply saddened to hear of Rita's passing. My heart goes out to you and your entire family during this difficult loss. I know that no words help ease the pain and loss that you are feeling right now. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Karen Hayes White
December 07, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Having met Rita at CCD here in Milton and knowing her love for guiding our children through their Faith, she is a great loss to our community. Our son Ben was so truly fond of her and was deeply saddened at the news of her passing.
May she Rest in Peace.
The Watermans, Milton, MA
December 07, 2012
Please accept my condolences, I went to high school with Rita and have many fond memories of her intelligence and kindness. I will remember her in my prayers.
December 07, 2012
I am so very sad to hear of the passing of my dear friend Rita. She has left me with so many great memories of times we have spent together over the many years of our friendship. May she rest in peace.
December 07, 2012
Sympathy and prayers to Ms. Rooney's family.
December 06, 2012
Duffy and Family,
So very sorry for your loss. Feel the strength of all the prayers for Rita and you.

Duf, remember visiting Rita's law office when we were in grad school...Rita was so kind to allow us access to her books and knowledge.

Know that we are here for you.
Betsy and the Lawler family
December 06, 2012
The news of Rita's passing has saddened us deeply. Her student friends at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry hold her family in our prayers and thoughts at this time. May Rita rest in the loving arms of her God.
December 06, 2012
Dear MR and MRS Rooney
I am so sorry for your loss but at the same time am so grateful for having known Rita. She taught CCD with me for many years and I was privileged to have taught for her this year. I can honestly say she was the kindest, sweetest and most gracious woman I have had the pleasure of knowing. There is a beautiful Saint named Rita and I once commented to your daughter that she had the appropriate name! I'Mm sure she is in Heaven with her namesake ! I will dearly miss her.
With Deepest Sympathy
Rosemary Gagnon
Milton , Mass
December 06, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with Rita's family and friends during this difficult time. We were in high school together and I remember a very talented, kind and caring young woman. May she rest in peace.
December 06, 2012
I worked for Rita's father from the mid 60s to the early 80s. I first met Rita when she was an adorable 8-year old. Over the years, I watched her grow into a lovely, intelligent young lady. She and her sisters would often come to the Steelers office on Saturdays to help out with office work. Mature beyond her years, she was always willing to help out with the most mundane tasks with humility and enthusiasm. I was so very sorry to learn about Rita's passing. My sincere condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Rooney, Rita's son and siblings and other family members.
December 06, 2012
Dear Rooney family, please know that you and Rita are in the thoughts and prayers of me and my family and friends. I met Rita a few times, mostly in the ticket office counting money after sales of playoff tickets in the late 1970s. Rita and a few other relatives would help my dad count tickets and money. I was there on leave from the army. Somehow, we were short pennies with each count, and Rita took the blame and kidding with charm and a warm smile. I trust you will remember the smile and her warm charm. As you know, my parents had one child die while they were alive. I can only imagine how heartbreaking it is for you now. With love and respect, sincerely, Tim
December 06, 2012
I'm very sorry to hear of Rita's death. I knew her only very briefly 20+ years ago working at Eckert but remember her being very kind. May she rest in peace.
December 06, 2012
I often tell people how sweet Rita was. I was her Hairstylist back in the early 90's at Philip Pelusi Salon. Rita was a pleasure to service every time she visited the salon, and I still can remember the warm huge we shared when her family moved to Boston. God has another Angel Rest In Peace Rita.
December 06, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rooney and Conway family. Ms. Rooney was a familiar figure to our 6 yo son. He was so excited to see her one day at mass and she quickly gave a warm smile back. She was always there to greet the children before Faith Formation. She has touched many hearts in the Milton community.
December 06, 2012
Our sincere condolences --what a wonderful person Rita was.

John & Clare Boerschlein Hare & Family
December 06, 2012
Dear Larry, Alex and the Conway family, Mr. and Mrs. Rooney, and loving family and friends of Rita,

The Conway family is devastated on Rita's passing. She was the most kindness thoughtful and loving person we have met. Rita was there for us in all our family gatherings. She never once said an unkind word. At this time of year , we are are forever thankful to have had Rita as part of our lives. Our deep felt hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
December 06, 2012
Rita was a lovely person who I remember well from my days working with her in Dublin , RIP and condolences
December 06, 2012
Deepest sympathy. May God be with you all in your time of sorrow.
December 06, 2012
So deeply sorry for the rooney family thoughts and prayers with you
December 06, 2012
thoughts and prayers for the Rooney family during this sad time, very sorry for your loss.
December 06, 2012
Our deepest sympathies to the Rooney family. Bill, Ethan, Emily and Greta Titelman
December 06, 2012
Deepest sympathy to the Rooney Family. We pray for your healing and May God Bless you and lead you.
December 06, 2012
Sincere sympathy to the Rooney and Conway families, and especially to Rita's son Alex. Anyone who ever met or had the privilege to work with Rita Maria Rooney will have been struck by her many fine qualities including her kindness, understated ability, dedication to everything she was involved in and humility. May she rest in peace.
December 06, 2012
To the Rooney Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. We are so sorry for your loss.

Angie Vaianisi and Janet Bliek. Pittsburgh,Pa.
December 06, 2012
Sincere sympathy to the Rooney and Conway families, and especially to Rita's son Alex. Anyone who ever met or had the privilege to work with Rita Maria Rooney will have been struck by her many fine qualities including her kindness, understated ability, dedication to whatever she was involved in and humility. May she rest in peace.
December 06, 2012
Sincere sympathy to the Rooney and Conway families, and especially to Rita's son Alex. Everyone who met Rita Maria Rooney will have been struck by her many fine qualities including her kindness, sense of humour and humility. May she rest in peace.
December 06, 2012
We send our thoughts and prayers to Alex and to everyone who loved Rita. We came to know Rita through the Stancatos and are remembering many happy times on Lodge Street. She was the sweetest, most genuine person, and we were lucky to know her.
December 06, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. We were in law school together and I recall that her pure Irish beauty was matched by her pleasant personality. She was truly one of the nicest persons in our entire class. My deepest condolences to her family.
December 06, 2012
Prayers to the Conway & Rooney families.
December 06, 2012
Sincerest sympathy to the Rooney and Conway families, especially her son Alex. Rita Maria Rooney was a talented, conscientious, honourable, able and witty lawyer, and most of all she was a good person in every single respect. May she rest in eternal peace. John O'Dwyer, Ireland.
December 06, 2012
To the Rooney and Conway families - I am so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. I remember Rita from St. Bernard's, where we attended elementary school. Rita was such a sweet and quiet young lady, and filled with kindness for everyone. I remember her beautiful voice that I got to hear for the first time during a May Crowning in front of the school. Rita was beautiful inside and out. I haven't seen her since St. Bernard's, but I see that she continued her kindnesses and beauty throughout her life. God welcomed his newest Angel into Heaven. Eternal rest grant unto her oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her family.
December 06, 2012
To all the Rooney Family, You have our deepest sympathy. You are a strong family and you will pull through this. Trust in your Lord.
December 05, 2012
I am a long time steeler fan and started a private Steelers room on face book and Im sorry for your loss and the holidays being so close prayers for her and the Rooney family
~Steelers social network/ran by fans for fans~
December 05, 2012
Words cannot express, prayers seem insufficient, a wonderful joy has been taken from our family. Please know, Rita, you were loved, you will be missed, our hearts will be heavy. Your sweet laugh and gentle ways will be with us. May The Lord keep you and shed his light and blessings on Alex. Love, Aunt Irene and Uncle Jay
December 05, 2012
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
December 05, 2012
To the Conway and Rooney Families:
We express our love, sympathy, and prayers to both families during this very sad time. Rita was a beautiful person.
Love,
Janet Conway Coffin & family
Nantucket, Mass
December 05, 2012
Sincere condolences from the Mike Kearns family.

Kathleen Kearns McFarland
Jacksonville Florida
December 05, 2012
Dear Alex, Larry and the whole Rooney-Conway family,
Rita was the most beautiful person I knew, inside and out. God has a very special angel with him now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love, The Petitti family
December 05, 2012
My heartfelt sympathy and condlances to the Rooney Family.
December 05, 2012
I am deeply saddened by the sudden death of Rita. I'm grateful to have known such a kind, warm and brilliant person. My prayers and thoughts are with her and with those she left behind. God, allow her soul to rest in peace.
December 05, 2012
Sympathy & kindest regards to the Rooney family & very many friends wherever they may be. God bless one & all now & always. Take care.
December 05, 2012
The outpouring of genuine emotions of love and sympathies for Rita and her family is so touching and honor her memory. Our condolences to the entire Rooney family - may she rest in peace.
December 05, 2012
I was truly blessed to know Rita and work with her for four years as a room parent for the Lower School. She was a beautiful person that we will all miss. God Bless You Rita!
Tracy Blake
December 05, 2012
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
December 05, 2012
Dear Larry, Alex and all the Rooney family I am so sorry that lovely Rita is gone. She will be missed so much.
December 05, 2012
I was so saddened to hear of Rita's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Rita at Cesari and McKenna, LLP for many years. I was with Rita just about two weeks ago. I feel so very special to have known such a wonderful woman. My heart breaks for each of you. God seems to always choose the kindest, gentlest of people to join him and leaves those of us behind to wonder why. The reason is always hard for us to understand but with faith, we must believe that Rita is at peace. She will always be an angel by your sides watching over each of you. I also know that heaven is enjoying her warm smile and friendly ways. My deepest condolences are with all of you at this time. I will keep each of you in my prayers during this most difficult time and the days ahead.
December 05, 2012
Please accept my condolences and sympathies to the Rooney family on the passing of Rita Rooney. I attended law school with Rita and she was a delight to be around. Everyone loved Rita and we used to sing "Lovely Rita metermaid" from the Beatles to her in good jest which she took in good stride.

I can not fathom how someone who brought such joy and light into this world can be replaced. I will always remember her and her infectious smile.

To her son, and family, my sincerest sympathies on the passing of this warm and gentle woman. May she always be in your hearts and in your memories. We are all diminished by her passing.
December 05, 2012
Dear Larry and Alex,
This is just so sad. Rita was literally the sweetest person I have ever known. I'm proud to have run the See You In September Picnic with her for 6 years and to get to know her total commitment and generosity. She brought such joy to everything and everyone she touched. She was a true model for us all. I will miss her so much. All our love to you both, Mindy, Jim, Chardy and Rubye Peyser
December 05, 2012
Larry and Alex,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
December 05, 2012
Deepest sympathy to the Rooney family on the death of Rita. Our thoughts and prayers are very much with you.
December 05, 2012
Dear Larry and Alex so sorry for your loss. Rita was a wonderful person. You are in my prayers.
December 05, 2012
Thoughts and prayer to Rita's husband Larry Conway and her Son Alex. We will surely miss Rita for she touched us all.
December 05, 2012
John,
Deeply sorry to hear of this news. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Anthony
December 05, 2012
Our deepest thought and prayers are with Alex, Larry and the entire Rooney family at this difficult time. We all loved Rita very much. All our love,
Betsy, Eric, Michael and Joshua Cohen
December 05, 2012
So very sorry for ur loss to the Rooney Family.Steeler Nation prayers thoughts and love goes out to each member of the family.
December 05, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go out to Jimmy Rooney and the rest of the Rooney family.
December 05, 2012
Rita was beloved by all of the parents in Milton's class of 2010. She will be deeply missed by us all.
December 05, 2012
Grief does not discriminate and it is very difficult for me to speak this morning about Rita Marie Rooney who has touched me so deeply. At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with Rita and her family, friends and colleagues. I want to take a few moments to share with you something that I am certain none of you know. You do not know how greatly Rita Rooney touched my life.

I met Rita Rooney when I was a law student at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law over 32 years ago. I still appreciate shared notes, and words of encouragement that she shared with me. I have not seen or spoken with Rita since we graduated from law school in 1983. Rita has crossed my mind every day since the last time I saw her in Pittsburgh. I sat next to Rita in class and was impressed with her mind and beauty, but most of all humility.

I remember how Rita bent over with laughter when she found out that I thought a minority shareholder was a black person. She never once told me that her family owned the Pittsburgh Steelers. We never talked about her famous relatives or her family wealth. I was a poor black person from the Deep South who she treated with respect and kindness. Rita Marie Rooney was one of the most wonderful people I have ever met.

When I was contacted about her passing, I wept. I wept for her family, friends and colleagues, because I know first hand the great loss that they have suffered. I will always remember the wisdom and kindness that came out of Rita's mouth, but most of all I will remember how she feared and honored the Lord.

Therefore, in closing this morning, I say to her son, Alexander Conway, “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made your mother!”
Greg Griffin class of 1983
P.O. Box 250194
Montgomery, Alabama 36125-0194
greg.griffin@paroles.alabama.gov
December 05, 2012
I do not know the words to express the sadness I felt when I heard of the loss of your daughter. Hearing the kind words from others obviously meant she had great parents. Faith is the hope of things unseen. You have been blessed to have her in your life, she touched so many hearts. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep strong and you are not alone.

May God especially shine on the Rooney family.

Sincerely,

Sally Mcpherson Steeler Nation in Maryland
December 05, 2012
Prayers are going up for Ms. Rooney's son and entire family.
December 05, 2012
Prayers are going up for Ms. Rooney's son and entire family.
December 05, 2012
Larry and Alex,
Won't be able to attend the Memorial Mass on the 15th. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now.
December 05, 2012
Rita - I will miss our Sunday morning coffee. Know you are loved now and always. You were the kindest person I have ever met. I pray for you and your family and friends. I miss you.
December 05, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
December 05, 2012
My thoughts & prayers go out to the Rooney family at this sad time. May God give you His strength, wisdom & courage to endure.
December 05, 2012
Steeler Nation Live in Rochester New York sends our deepest sympathy to the Rooney family. We are a dedicated online radio station to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Pittsburgh Steeler family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely Big O and Big Tiz
December 05, 2012
May Rita rest in peace, thoughts and prayers ftom the Mullen family in Ireland.
December 05, 2012
We were blessed to be touched by Rita's beautiful soul. May memory of her kind spirit bring comfort to her family. May her memory be eternal. William & Vernadean Passodelis
December 05, 2012
A heavy heart is what we all felt at Cesari and McKenna, LLP yesterday when we heard of Rita's passing. She had the kindest heart and always made a point to find out how things were going in others lives. Everyone loved her at the firm and were sad when she decided to leave the firm to persue other avenues but we were happy she was persuing her passion. Now we are deeply saddened that the world has lost one of the beautiful people. My heart goes out to Alex and the Rooney Family! May your memories of her smile and humor give you peace...
December 05, 2012
We love you Rita, and you will always be in our prayers.
MH.
December 05, 2012
Joan, Chris and family, I was so very saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Lynn, Jeff, Josh, Nick, Amanda and Mary
December 05, 2012
Martha Ott Garmon describes Rita perfectly. She was a gracious person to work with. May Rita Rest In Peace. Mary de Courcey-Cole
December 05, 2012
Martha Ott Garmon described Rita perfectly. A gracious person to work with. Mary de Courcey-Cole. May Rita Rest In Peace.
December 05, 2012
To the Rooney Family,
Death may have selfishly robbed you of the joys and blessings of Rita's presence but not of the countless memories and the spiritual impact of her absence. Know that she is resting comfortably in the palms of HIS hands and may she rest in peace. You are all in my prayers.
December 05, 2012
Dr Conway and the Rooney Family. Elaine and I are very sorry for your loss.
All the best.
December 05, 2012
RIP, Rita Marie Rooney. Offering sincere sympathy and condolences to the Rooney family during these trying times. God bless all of you.
December 05, 2012
A rosary will be dedicated to Rita and the entire Rooney family. May Jesus and Mary bring comfort to your families during this difficult time.
December 05, 2012
Duffy I am very sorry for the loss of your sister, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
December 05, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all the Rooney Family.I remember playing with Rita up Ligonier as children. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. May you feel God's love for all of you and I know that your faith will help you get through the days ahead.
December 05, 2012
My thoughts and prayers go to the Rooney family during this difficult time.
December 05, 2012
Rooney family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.
Much love.
December 05, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Conway/Rooney Families
December 04, 2012
Rita was a beautiful person. She was kind, gracious, loving, and giving. Like her grandfather, Mr. Art Rooney Sr., she cared about people everywhere from all walks of life. She had a gift of always putting people at ease and making them feel special. She always had a smile.
It is with such a heavy heart that I offer my sincere sympathy to every member of the Conway and Rooney families.
She will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love,
Martha Ott Garmon
Centreville, VA
December 04, 2012
Our prayers are with the Conway/Rooney Family.
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