Rita Whittaker

1918 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Rita Whittaker 1918 - 2012 Rita was born October 3, 1918 in Oakland, CA to Manuel and Mary Markes. In 1920 the family moved to Bakersfield and in 1941 Rita married Al Whittaker. She worked at Panama Union School District for 30 years where she was highly respected by her co-workers. At her retirement party, there was a very large group of friends in attendance, some going back many years. Rita and Al traveled extensively, mainly in the United States, but occasionally overseas. Being a very generous person, Rita was always there to help their family members and friends. Over the years she belonged to several Portuguese Societies which have now merged to become P.F.S.A. Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Al Whittaker. She is survived by her sisters, Isabel Banducci and Margaret Schulte and husband Don; sisters-in-law, Peggy Taylor and Nita Whittaker; and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Eric Banducci, Gavin Banducci, Damin Banducci, Aaron Schulte, Jim Sims and Mike Sims. Honorary pallbearers are Tim Banducci, Steve Souza, Rudy Whittaker, Michael Banducci, Vanni Banducci, Giancarlo Banducci and Mitchell Schulte. Rosary will be recited followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday August 16th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery. We wish to thank Hallmark of Bakersfield for the wonderful care they gave Rita the last 3 1/2 years. Also to Hoffman Hospice for their care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hoffman Hospice, St. Francis Church or a . Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 15, 2012
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