Rita L. Hallas, 90, formerly of West Ridge Street, Nanticoke, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke.
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Born Sept. 11, 1922, in Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Nellie Splett Maylock. She was a graduate of Nanticoke High School, Class of 1940, and the Dean School of Business of Wyoming Seminary in 1942.
Rita was employed as a bookkeeper by Bergman's Department Store and had co-owned Hallas Dry Cleaners for 60 years. She had been a foster mother to 75 children over a 43-year period of time.
In 1982, she was presented with a Humanitarian Award.
She was preceded in death in 1997 by her husband of 52 years, George P. Hallas; a daughter, Georgine, in 2003; son, George A. Hallas, in 2010; brother, Henry Maylock; and sisters, Nell Zieminski and Theresa Ficarra.
Surviving are sons, Gerard Hallas, Jody John Hallas and his wife, Margaret, and Francis Bogdan and his wife, Sue; daughters, Denise Caley and Patrice Bobbin and her husband, Henry; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday from Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in the main site of St. Faustina's Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Nanticoke. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Donations may be made to St. Faustina's Parish.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2013