Rita McHale

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Rita McHale, 88, a South Scranton resident, died Tuesday at VNA Hospice at Geisinger Community Medical Center. She was the widow of Paul McHale, who died in 1997.

Born in Scranton, daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Baker Spohrer, she was a member of St. John Neumann Parish. She was a member of the former St. Mary of the Assumption Church until its closure. She was a member of the South Scranton After 50 Club.

Rita was a woman of quiet dignity and uncommon strength. A generous caretaker, throughout her life she gave of her time to family members in times of illness and need. She was a resourceful homemaker with a talent for sewing and stretching a budget, while keeping her children centered on what really mattered in life. Rita was a patient listener who offered wise counsel. She was not one to complain or intrude on others. She and her husband, Paul, modeled faith, commitment and sacrifice. Her world centered on her family, who were eager to love her in return for her many gifts. Rita enjoyed reading and word puzzles and rooting for the Yankees. She treasured quiet conversation with friends and family. Even when slowed by Parkinson's, she spoke volumes with her witty "one liners" and a roll of her eyes. Rita is reunited in heaven with her beloved husband, Paul, and many dear relatives and friends.

The family would like to acknowledge the incredible care and dedication shown by the staff at Mountain View Care Center for the past four years.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Risse and husband, William, Clarks Green; and Rita McCrea and husband, Michael, Scranton; three sons, Francis, Scranton; Paul and wife, Mary, Clarks Summit; and Robert and wife, Tania, Fairfax, Va.; grandchildren, Brian McCrea, Meghan McCrea, Sarah Pardue, Emily Dempsey, Elizabeth McHale, Kate and Danny Risse, and Grant McHale; great-grandchildren, Brian Patrick and Sean McCrea; two sisters, Louise Abraham, Fulton, N.Y.; and her twin, Ruth Marhavka, Millington, Tenn.; nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Naomi McLane and Florence Miller.

The funeral will be Thursday at 9 a.m. from the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Nativity of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by the Rev. Michael Bryant, pastor. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call today from 6 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. To leave an online condolence, visit www.augusthaasfuner alhome.com.
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Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 27, 2013
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