Graser, Rita Marie WAPPINGERS FALLS Rita Marie Graser, of Wappingers Falls and formerly of Mahopac, died on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. She was 90. She was born in Dunkirk, N.Y. on September 6, 1921, the daughter of Benedict and Eleanor Lander. Rita studied acting at Catholic University in Wash ington, D.C. Prior to her marriage, she was a radio actress in the show "I'll Find My Way" on WGN Radio in Buffalo. On June 8, 1946, she married Mark L. Graser at St. Mary's Church in Dunkirk. Mark died on August 31, 2007. She is survived by her sons, Mark, Jeffrey, John and Gary; her daughter, Kathryn Stern; her sisters, Sr. Rose Mary Lander and Rosalie Buchholtz; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her sisters, Virginia Dimmer and Dolores Kenney predeceased her. Rita loved her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved making the holidays special for her family and particularly loved decorating, shopping and cooking for these occasions. Visiting will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at St. John The Evangelist Church in Mahopac. Following private cremation services, Rita will be interred at Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel, N.Y.
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Published in Albany Times Union on June 2, 2012