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Rita Kramp

1938-2014 PITTSFIELD Rita Kramp, a longtime resident of Newport Beach, Calfornia, passed away peacefully at her home on November 18., Rita was born in Pittsfield to Guy and Ria Simmons on October 9, 1938. She was one of seven children. Rita was always a stellar student, and was involved in many school clubs and events. In the summers, she would work for the Pittsfield Parks Department, planning and conducting activities for children with special needs. She also enjoyed tormenting her only younger sister. Rita aspired to be a teacher, earning her Bachelor of Science in Education at the State Teachers College at Fitchburg. After graduation from college, she and a couple close friends set out for Southern California where teaching positions were in high demand. She returned to college midway through her teaching career to earn her Master's in Education with a thesis that explored the relationship between self-esteem and classroom success. Rita taught at a variety of schools and closed her nearly 40 year teaching career at Taft Elementary in Orange, Calif. After retirement, Rita devoted her time to helping raise her four grandchildren, spent time with close friends, and remained true to her calling as a tutor to hundreds of Newport-Mesa students. An avid reader, Rita amassed a huge and well-worn collection of books of poetry and quotations. She read cover to cover newspapers and magazines and never left a crossword puzzle undone. A Newport Beach resident for over 45 years, Rita enjoyed the beach, breakfasts at Charlie's Chili and Stuft Surfer, and was a decades long season ticket holder at South Coast Repertory. After a lung transplant in 2008, Rita approached life with renewed vigor. She loved exercise and relished time with her grandchildren; exposing them to the Getty Museum, the Nixon and Reagan Presidential libraries, the Space Shuttle Endeavor, the USS Midway and USS Iowa, arts and crafts, reading and coin collecting. Rita was kind to all, a friend to all and will be deeply missed by her son, Peter Jackson (Cindy); daughter, Suzie Smith (Rob); and grandchildren, Brooke and Blake Jackson, Mitchell and Marley Smith. She is also survived by her brothers, Robert R. Simmons of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., William W. Simmons of Dennisport, Mass., James E. Simmons of Pittsfield, and John L. Simmons of Pittsfield. She was predeceased by her parents and two sisters, Elizabeth J. Simmons and Sandra K. Clark.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 31, 2014
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