Rita Hayes

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SOUTHINGTON - On Monday, April 22, 2013, Heaven got a new cook. Rita (Manware) Hayes, 91, died peacefully at her home in Plantsville in the company of her family and her two beloved dogs, Lulu and Clyde.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 65 years, Philip Hayes. Left to continue her kindness are her three sons, Philip (and Gail) Hayes, of Waterbury, William Hayes, of Hamden, and Dennis Hayes, of Plantsville; four grandchildren, Jennifer Geel, Amber Pronovost, Hunter Hayes, and William Hayes; and her brother and sister-in-law, James and Sadie Manware, of Southington; and four great-grandchildren, Shamus and Cullan Geel, and Michael and Seth Pronovost and many nieces and nephews.

Born on Oct. 2, 1921, to Michael and Caroline Manware, Rita grew up in Southington and resided here her entire life. An outstanding cook, Rita took joy in feeding her family and friends. Anyone who walked through her door was welcome at her table, and to those who couldn't visit, her delicious eggplant and pizza were delivered. To Rita, her family meant the most. She loved and lived simply. Not one for grand world tours, she found great pleasure in a visit to Kevin's house in Rhode Island where she and Phil celebrated their 50th anniversary on one of many visits. One of her greatest joys was serving her family and friends. The onset of her heart condition two months ago left her frustrated that she could no longer make sauce, fry eggplant, or bake banana bread. Rita was always happy with what life brought her, and was grateful for the little things. We will always love her, and never forget her.

Heartfelt thanks to the caring doctors and staff at the UConn Health Center.

A memorial Mass to celebrate Rita's life will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St. Southington. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. For online condolences and directions visit www.dellavecchiafh.com
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Della Vecchia Funeral Home
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Southington, CT 06489
Published in The Record-Journal on Apr. 24, 2013
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