Rita C. Battenberg

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Rita C. Battenberg, 79, died Saturday at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Charles H. Battenberg.

Born in Archbald, daughter of the late Albert and Antoinette Rapoch Callejas, she was a graduate of Archbald High School and was a member of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Jermyn. She was a vital part of the Battenberg Funeral Home and the Battenberg Furniture Store for 40 years.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by three children, Margaret Germano, Jermyn; Charles A. Battenberg, Jermyn; and Rita and husband, Kevin Scheirer, East Stroudsburg; five grandchildren, Melanie and Theresa Germano, Jermyn; and Melissa Germano, Mechanicsburg; and Jacob and Sarah Mutchler, both of Stroudsburg; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Albert Callejas; and a sister, Ann Marie Konopatski.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Jermyn, celebrated by Monsignor Dale Rupert. Interment, Jermyn Cemetery. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.

Viewing will be Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Battenberg Funeral Home, 363 Washington Ave., Jermyn.

Contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart of Mary Building Fund.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 18, 2013