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Rita Nesbit

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PITTSFIELD -- Rita S. Nesbit, 93, of St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham, former longtime resident of Elmview Terrace, died Tuesday at home.

Born in Pittsfield on Aug. 10, 1913, daughter of Peter A. and Lillian Walsh Smith, she attended local schools and was a 1931 graduate of St. Joseph's High School. She also graduated from the College of St. Elizabeth in Covenant Station, N.J., in 1936. She did her graduate work in library science at the State University of New York at Albany from 1967 to 1969.

Mrs. Nesbit was employed by the City of Pittsfield as a librarian at Pittsfield High School for 16 years, retiring in June 1982. Previously, she was the librarian at the former William Stanley Library at the General Electric Co. plant.

A communicant of Sacred Heart Church, she was a member of its Rosary Sodality. She was also a member of the Berkshire County Retired Teachers Association, Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

She and her husband, Robert J. Nesbit, were married May 11, 1946. He died July 29, 1968.

Mrs. Nesbit leaves a son, Robert F. Nesbit of Wellesley; a daughter, Susan N. Moore of North Pomfret, Vt.; and six grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- The funeral for Rita S. Nesbit, who died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, will be Friday at 10:15 a.m. from DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, celebrated by the Rev. James K. Joyce, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. The family will receive guests on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in her memory may be made to the Pittsfield Catholic Schools in care of the funeral home. She also leaves her grandchildren, Caroline, Peter and Tracy Nesbit, and Christopher, Lucas and Brendan Moore.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 8, 2007
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