Reatha "Rita" Shymanski Naut, 88, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Aug. 26, 2013, at Mercy Center, Dallas, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Edwardsville on Dec. 23, 1924, and was the oldest daughter of Joseph "Pat" and Pearl Kmiechak Shymanski.
Reatha was a member of St. Nicholas Parish, Wilkes-Barre, and a former member of Holy Savior Parish, Wilkes-Barre, where she was an active member of the quilters ministry. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Wilkes-Barre Township.
She graduated from Larksville High School and was employed by RCA Corp., Mountain Top, from the opening of the plant until retirement. Previously, she worked in the area garment industry.
Reatha enjoyed trips to casinos with her friends but most of all enjoyed spending time with her family playing board games. She especially enjoyed preparing and celebrating Wiligia (Christmas Eve dinner) and preparing and blessing the basket for Easter breakfast.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Joseph, who passed away on Dec. 29, 2001; and her sister, Pearl Nat.
Reatha is survived by her daughters, Maurita Bartnikowski and her husband, Ronald, Hughestown, Marion Rose Fadden and her husband, Patrick, Wilkes-Barre, and Rosemarie Geiser and her husband, Robert, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Robert Geiser III and his wife, Jessica, Hudson, Mary Geiser, Newington, Conn., Thomas Geiser, Bronx, N.Y., Christina Reynolds and her husband, David, Wilkes-Barre, Erin Fadden, Prospect Park, and Meaghan Fadden, Kingston; great-grandsons, Max Reynolds and Bobby and Jack Geiser; siblings, Carl, Larksville, Joseph, West Wyoming, Phyllis Motil, Ovid, N.Y., and Michael, Chicago, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the staff of Celtic Health Care and Hospice as well as the staff of Mercy Center for their support and care.
Funeral will be 9 a.m. Thursday at Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church, South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township, at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Dakota Indian Foundation, P.O. Box 340, Chamberlain, SD 57325.