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Mary Rita Filano Obituary
Mary Rita Filano of West Chester Mary Rita Filano, 86, of West Chester, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the Neighborhood Hospice Inpatient Unit in West Chester. She was the loving wife of Dr. Albert E. Filano, with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Jay Twp., Elk County, Pa., Rita was the daughter of the late Joseph W. Scull and the late Johanna Winkler Scull. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Irene Sarsfield, Olive Mitchell, Janice Scull and Lawrence Scull. Rita was a very active member of the community and St. Agnes Church of West Chester. Among her community involvement, volunteer activities and accomplishments, she served as president of Chester County Hospital Women's Auxiliary, president of West Chester University Faculty Dames, longtime member of West Chester University Presidential Scholarship Community Gala Committee, board member of West Chester Area Day Care Center, active involvement with the Newman Center at West Chester University, 2006 West Chester University President's Medallion for Service Recipient, honorary rotarian of the West Chester Rotary Club, longtime member of West Chester Area Senior Center, and longtime member of the Sons of Italy. Of all of the activities that Rita participated in, she took the most joy in spending time with her family and friends. Rita will be deeply missed by her loving husband, Albert; her four children, Kathleen Santora (Mark) of Los Altos Hills, Calif., Susan Cobb (Bruce) of Unionville, A. David Filano (Leslie) of Downingtown and Donna Burgess (Scott) of West Chester; and her eight grandchildren, Jennifer Cobb, Kevin Santora, Michael Filano, Evan Cobb, Kristen Santora, Nicholas Filano, Brian Filano and Christopher Burgess. You are invited to visit with Rita's family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., 410 North Church Street, West Chester, 610-696-1181. Please join us in celebrating Rita's life in a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 24, at St. Agnes Church, 233 West Gay Street, West Chester. Interment will be held at St. Agnes Cemetery in West Chester immediately following the funeral services. A luncheon for family and friends will follow at the West Chester Country Club, 111 W. Ashbridge Ave., West Chester, PA 19380. Rita's family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful folks at Home Instead Senior Care, especially Rose Sasso for her daily love and care. We are also forever grateful to Neighborhood Hospice West Chester and their dedicated staff. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Dr. Albert E. & Mary Rita Filano Mathematics Scholarship Fund, c/o West Chester University Foundation, P.O. Box 541, West Chester, PA 19381 and/or The Chester County Hospital Foundation - Women's Auxiliary, 700 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380. Online condolences may be posted at: www.DellaFH.com.

Published in Daily Local News on Oct. 20, 2011
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