February 6, 1928-May 8, 2014
Resident of Pittsburg
Rita Maria Delores Anello Troia passed away Thursday May 8th peacefully surrounded by her loving family.
Rita was born to the late Phillip and Marianna Anello, Feb. 6, 1928, in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from South Philadelphia High School for Girls and worked as a draftsman. She traveled with her father to Pittsburg, CA in 1947, fell in love with the town and called her mother and sister Angela Bonanno to follow. One sister, Rosina remained in Philadelphia with her husband Emilio Diloreto.
Rita married her soul mate Michael Troia in 1948 and enjoyed their 56 years together before he left this world in 2004. She worked at U.S. Steel, and then for the Pittsburg Unified School District where she retired in 1985.
Rita was a member of the Good Shepherd Church, YLI (Young Ladies Institute) and CSEA (California Schools Employees Association). She loved to travel, and went on over 22 cruises with her husband and family in her lifetime.
Rita is survived by three daughters: Bettina Troia, Michele Troia Blair and Mary Troia Hermansader (husband Tom Hermansader). She is also survived by four grandchildren (Lisa Donaldson, Michael Blair, Bridget Davenport and Justin Bierig) and three great-grandchildren (Adam Donaldson, Danielle Donaldson and Sheena Davenport). She will miss the birth of her great-grandson Collin Davenport but we know she held him in Heaven. Rita also has many nieces and nephews on the west and east coast.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 4:00pm with a vigil at 7:00pm at the Pittsburg Funeral Chapel. Funeral liturgy Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00am at Church of the Good Shepherd. Committal services following at Holy Cross Cemetery, Antioch.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to the Hospice of the East Bay www.hospiceeastbay.org.
Published in Contra Costa Times on May 11, 2014