Rita Ann (Chachere) MICHALIK

MICHALIK, Rita Ann (Chachere)

Rita Ann (Chachere) Michalik passed away on April 12, 2014, at the age of 74, in Austin, Texas.

A beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she was born in Opelousas, Louisiana to Lucille and Lorenzo Chachere. After graduating from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette she married and began working in the noblest of professions as an elementary school teacher - a career that spanned over thirty years and influenced the lives of thousands of students. Her greatest accomplishment though was her family, including two children, five incredible grandchildren and one beautiful great-granddaughter.

An avid traveler, Rita visited all seven continents, dozens of countries and lived in Japan and Switzerland. Her family will always remember her love of bridge, anything sweet, a good cup of coffee, and watching UT sporting events. She had a very close relationship with her daughter Maria: a lesson lovingly passed on and clearly visible in Maria's close relationship with her own daughter. Her son Ed was lucky to inherit her love of cooking (and eating!).

Survivors include her son Ed Michalik and wife Veronique of Austin; daughter Maria Bricker and husband Paul of Lago Vista; sister Maria Butler and husband Eddie of Haynesville, Louisiana; brother Claude Chachere and wife Joanne of Opelousas, Louisiana; former husband Chuck Michalik of Austin, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Surviving grandchildren include Ian Michalik and wife Tami of Austin; Clint Bricker and wife Whitney and daughter Sophia of Temple; Colin Michalik and wife Michelle of Kyle; Christopher Bricker of Austin; and Caroline Bricker of Austin.

The family will observe two private services to celebrate her life. One will be held in Port Aransas, Texas, a place that brought her great joy as a family vacation location. The other will be held in her home town of Opelousas, Louisiana.

The family would like to express its gratitude to Hospice Austin and the nurses at Seton Northwest Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78759.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2014