Rita Christine Aspromonte, 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 16, 2014 in Houston, Texas.|
She was born on October 16, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York to Elizabeth and John Motto. She is preceded in death by her parents, nephew Robert Amico, and brothers-in-law: Ralph Cioffi and Louis Amico.
Rita is survived by her loving husband Charles; daughters: Deborah Simon and husband Terry and Elizabeth Pulaski and husband Adam; sisters: Marie Cioffi and Rosemarie Amico; brothers-in-law: Bob and wife Karen Aspromonte and Ken and wife Lorrie Aspromonte; grandchildren: Brooke Thompson; Samantha, Sydney and Sarah Pulaski, and Rachel and husband John Luke McConn IV. She is also survived by her Simon grandchildren: Virginia, Elizabeth, Mary Katherine, William, and Kelly and their families; as well as her nieces and nephews: Helene Banks and Michael Cioffi, Eileen and Richard Iocolano, Ann and John Cioffi, Lisa and Jonathan Tortelli, Tammy Amico, and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Rita had a career in banking where she met and married her husband, Charles Aspromonte in 1956 in Brooklyn, New York. After being blessed with the births of two daughters, the family moved to Westchester County, New York. Rita served as Justice Court Clerk in the town of Mount Pleasant for many years and remained active in politics and community service.
With the birth of their first grandchild, Rita and Charles retired to Houston, Texas to be closer to their daughters and their families as well as Charles' brothers and wives.
Rita continued her commitment to community service having served as a docent at the Italian Cultural Community Center and as a member of the Amiketos Club. She also served as Treasurer for a number of years for the Houston Ballet Guild's Nutcracker Market.
Rita was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Rita had a strong personality, yet gracious and sophisticated, with a warm heart, and known for never having met a stranger. Family, entertaining, and cooking were all important to her. She was an avid reader and enjoyed the opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre when she lived in New York as well as in Houston. She approached each activity with a love of life and full of laughter. She enjoyed navigating her and Charles' wonderful travels all over the world and also special family trips. Her greatest joy in life was being Grandma to her grandchildren.
A family celebration of Rita's Life will be held at a later date.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Rita's caregivers: Ana, Blanca, Juana and Lillian. Our heartfelt gratitude is also extended to the staff of St. Luke's Hospital Neuro-ICU Unit and Houston Hospice.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests tributes in Rita's memory to be given to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030 (www.houstonhospice.org).
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 23, 2014