Rita Myer Trooper
AGE: 83 • Little Silver
Rita Myer Trooper, 83, passed away at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, on Thursday, July 18, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She had been a resident of Little Silver for the past 56 years with her devoted husband, David (Danny) S. Trooper. Together they shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Port Jervis, N.Y. on Sept. 14, 1929 and raised in Milford, PA, she was the daughter of the late Walter B. and Loretta Gladys Antener Myer. In her youth, she played the flute, read avidly, hunted and fished in the woods and lakes surrounding her home in Pike County, and loved to cook. She met Danny, who was from Brooklyn, N.Y., at a square dance in 1952. The couple married on Jan. 10, 1953 in Milford.
In a life filled with accomplishments, she was first and foremost a devoted daughter, supportive and generous sister, loving, compassionate and supportive wife and warm, loving and supportive mother and grandmother. Rita received her Bachelor's Degree in mathematics from Kutztown University with a minor in science. Early in her career, she taught math at Asbury Park High School. A homemaker of many talents, not the least of which were cooking and sewing, Rita excelled as a seamstress, sewing much of her own wardrobe as well as clothes for her children and grandchildren. Later in life she was known to the local community at large as the chef and owner of Rita's Pastries in Red Bank, where her passion for the culinary arts was presented to the public. Never compromising the quality of her product, Rita's Pastries garnered many local awards.
Widely known for her intelligence, wit and warmth, Rita was a woman of great integrity. She leaves behind her husband, David S. Trooper; two sons, David J. Trooper and his wife Catherine Howard of Gloucester, MA, and Gregory B. Trooper and his wife Claire Mullally of Brooklyn, NY; two daughters, Anne Trooper Holbrook and her husband Bartholdi Holbrook of Tunbridge, VT, and Rachel Trooper of Burlington, VT; two brothers, Walter H. Myer of Milford PA, and Gregory Myer of Milford, PA; two sisters, Marcella Neeves of Brookfield, CT, and Kathleen LaDestro of Stamford CT; her five grandchildren, Tess Holbrook, Eben Holbrook, Sadie Holbrook, Louisa Holbrook, and Jack Trooper; two step grandchildren, Joshua Concors and Jessica LaCorte; and two step great-grandchildren, Brendan Dabrolet and Joshua Concors Jr.
There will be a memorial gathering from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at the same location. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Rita's name to The Breast Cancer
Research Foundation, 60 E. 56th St., 8th floor, New York, NY 10022, or online at www.bcrfcure.org