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Rita Lombardi

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Rita Lombardi, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 23. The daughter of Italian immigrants, Rita was born in Gebo, Wyoming in 1937 to Antonio and Lucia Spensieri. As a young child she moved to Lafayette, Colorado, where she resided for the rest of her life. After graduating from Lafayette High School in 1955, Rita attended Barnes Business College and worked at several offices in Denver before marrying Ernest Lombardi in 1959 and becoming a homemaker. A lifetime member of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Lafayette, she was part of many volunteer organizations and participated in many parish activities. Prior to the formation of the Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette, she drove Sister Carmen to visit the needy in Lafayette and the surrounding areas. Rita loved children, especially her four granddaughters. She loved to laugh. She enjoyed gardening, music, long walks, preparing Italian food, and celebrating holidays and spending time with her family. She was a kind and generous person who put the needs of others before her own. Throughout her lifetime, she was devoted to her Catholic faith and proud of her Italian-American heritage. She is missed by all those who knew her. Rita is survived by her husband Ernest of Lafayette, by her sons Michael Lombardi (wife Susan) of Broomfield and Matthew Lombardi (wife Kellie) of Littleton; by her granddaughters Juliana and Mary of Broomfield and Lauren and Jackie of Littleton; by her brothers Dan Spensieri of Lafayette, Pete Spensieri of Louisville, and Ben Spensieri of Greeley; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Rita will be held at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Lafayette (715 Cabrini Drive) on Thursday, January 30. The Rosary will be said at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment at Lafayette Cemetery and a reception will follow the Mass. Please sign the online guest book at darrellhowemortuary.com

Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Jan. 26, 2014
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