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Rita St. John Obituary
Rita St. John September 8, 1923 - June 26, 2013 Plainfield - Rita St. John, 89, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Harrington Court in Colchester. She was born on September 8, 1923 in Quidnick, RI, daughter of the late Jean Baptiste and Melodie (Cotnoir) Messier. She married Edward R. St. John, Sr. on June 7, 1947 at St. Mary's Church in Jewett City. He predeceased her on March 31, 1980. Rita was a graduate of Coventry High School in 1941. After high school, Rita moved to Jewett City where she was employed as a secretary to the purchasing agent of the Aspinook Cooperation and later, she worked in the main office of Plastic, Wire, and Cable. In addition, Rita was head librarian of the Slater Library in Jewett City for twenty years before she retired in 1988. Involved within the community, Rita was a communicant of St. John the Apostle Church in Plainfield, a member of Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Guild, and the Plainfield Senior Citizens. She is survived by her sons, Edward St. John, Jr. of Plainfield and William St. John of Coventon, TN; daughters, Marie Rodrigue-Fletcher of Portland, Betty Ann St. John of Norwalk, Beverly Boyd of Moosup, Linda St. John of Buford, GA, Sally Crosby of Charlotte, NC, and Theresa Lambert of Lilburn, GA; brothers, Andre Messier of Plainfield, Joseph Messier of N. Fort Myers, FL, and Norman Messier of Fort Myers, FL; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. In addition to her spouse, Rita was predeceased by her son, Robert St. John; brother, Agenor Messier; and sisters, Flore LaChapelle and Annette St. John. Family will receive relative and friends on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Leffler Funeral Home, 30 N. Main St., Jewett City. The funeral will assemble on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 8:45 A.M. at Leffler Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. at St. John the Apostle Church, Plainfield. Interment after church services at St. Mary's Cemetery, Griswold. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Plainfield Senior Citizen Center at 482 Norwich Rd, Plainfield, CT 06374 or at For the online memorial and guestbook, visit

Published in Norwich Bulletin on June 29, 2013
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