Rita R. Stender passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 5, 2012 at the age of 82 after a courageous two year battle with cancer. Loving mother of Fawn Moore of McComb MS, and Bob Stender of Santa Rosa, CA, and stepmother to Paul Stender and the late Joe Stender. Grandmother of Amber Ashworth, and Gillian Moore. She is survived by three sisters Mona, Anita and Barbara, and was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Julie, Ruth and Richard. Rita was born and raised on the island of O'ahu and at the age of 19 moved to San Francisco with her family. After raising her children in Santa Rosa she returned to Honolulu in 1980. She lived out her life taking care of everyone around her and making jewelry from koa wood. Rita will be remembered for her love of God, life and family, love of the Hawaiian Islands, and for her generosity. A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. at St Eugene's Church in Santa Rosa followed by a reception.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2012