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Rita Elizabeth, entered the gates of heaven on August 3, 2013 at the age of 88.
Rita was born in 1924 in Belleville, IL. As a young woman she attended the University of Illinois, and then became the society editor of The News Democrat in Belleville. Rita was active in the USO and in community theater. She later worked many years at Christmas City in Paramus, as a Christmas decorator. She was a wordsmith, in that she did the NY Times crossword puzzles in ink. Rita was an excellent cook and seamstress. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother. A resident of Waldwick for 27 years, she and her husband retired to Toms River in 1996. Rita will be remembered most of all as a kind and loving woman who devoted her life to her family.
Rita is now joined in eternal life with her husband of 55 years, George Osgoodby; as well as her parents, Maxie and Leo Schwemmer; her brother Paul Schwemmer; and her sister Mary Agnes Gleason. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, George and Mary Ann Osgoodby; her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Glen Albright; and her daughter Nancy Osgoodby. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Thomas Osgoodby, and Gregory and wife Stephanie Osgoodby; as well as Rita's sister, Rosemary Hansmeyer.
Her viewing will take place at Vander Plaat Funeral Home, www.vpfh.com, 257 Godwin Avenue in Wyckoff, NJ 07481 on Sunday, August 4th from 5-7 PM. Friends and family will gather at the funeral home at 8 AM on Monday. Following, a mass of celebration will be offered at St. Luke's RC Church in Ho-Ho-Kus at 9 AM. Committal service will immediately follow at St. Luke's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834; or Embracing Hospice Care, 2101 Highway 34 South, Wall, NJ 07719.
Published in The Record/Herald News on Aug. 4, 2013