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Rita Rappise

1949 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Rita Rappise Obituary
Rita Rappise, 68, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in the loving presence of her daughter and son-in-law Lorri and Tony Layton. Rita was born in Paterson, NJ, on September 20, 1949, to Marietta and John Rappise. She attended Manchester Regional High School in Haledon, NJ. For many years, Rita worked alongside her family in their restaurants in Crystal River, including the Villa Maria, Johnny Stone's Colonial Steak House and most recently, Skooter's Italian Grill. For several years she operated a book stall at area flea markets. Rita loved to cook and to read, and she loved spending time with her daughter and granddaughters. She was a loving, tender and generous soul. Rita also had a quirky and delightful sense of humor, and she loved to laugh.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, and by her brother, Johnny. She is survived by Lorri and Tony Layton, her beautiful granddaughters, Cassidy and Carley, all of Homosassa, and her sister Marilyn Rachel of Cazenovia, NY, and by a legion of friends, especially Teresa Napp Anton, who was like a niece to Rita. She is also survived by many cousins in New Jersey.
There will be no calling hours. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Rita's life on Saturday April 1st, from 2 PM to 6 PM at the home of Lorri and Tony Layton. In lieu of flowers please pass on an act of kindness in Rita's memory. Strickland Funeral Home with Crematory of Crystal River is assisting the family with arrangements (352) 795-2678.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Mar. 29, 2017
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