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Rita Middlemiss Bennett
Rita Middlemiss Bennett, age 90, passed away peacefully at her home in Bridgeport, CT on Monday, April 6, 2020. Rita was the loving wife of over 60 years of the late Franklyn Emerson Bennett and adored mother of Diane Speer (Patrick) of Bridgeport, CT, Susan Batchelder (Richard) of Fort Lauderdale, FL, James Bennett (Veronica) of Clifton, VA, Nancy Harris (Don) of Darien, CT, Eileen Devore (Michael) of Trumbull, CT, Elizabeth Bennett of New York, NY, and Steven Bennett (Deirdre) of Fairfield, CT, a proud grandmother of 20, and great-grandmother of 7, with many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A resident of Southport, CT for over 40 years and Trumbull, CT, Rita was born in Brooklyn, NY to the late James and Mildred (O'Connell) Middlemiss and raised in Queens, NY. Rita graduated high school from The Mary Louis Academy, received her undergraduate degree from Good Counsel College, and earned a Master's in Education from Fordham University.
A devoted teacher, Rita taught for 28 years at Timothy Dwight Elementary School in Fairfield, CT before retiring to travel and enjoy time with her family. She was an avid reader, accomplished knitter, docent at the Fairfield Historical Society and Ogden House, Girl Scout troop leader, and loved the violin. Rita instilled her love of travel, reading, music, and history to her grateful children and grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her grandsons, LCpl Daniel Ryan Bennett and Graham Harris, and sisters, Mildred Veltri of Fairfax, VA and Elizabeth Laughney of Franklin, MA.
There will be a private Christian Burial with a celebration of life to be held at a later date. If you would like to make a contribution in her memory, we suggest the American Diabetes Association (https://www.diabetes.org/donate), Sisters of the Divine Compassion (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/SistersoftheDivineCompassion), or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Connecticut Post from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2020.
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April 12, 2020
To Rita's family:
I feel so fortunate to have known Rita. She was my friend, my mentor, my colleague, and she was like the sister I never had. Fond and loving memories are what I have of Rita and Frank. They were wonderfully beautiful people! Rita was always there for me when I needed her. Knowing her is one of the greatest blessings of my life.
With love and friendship,
Joe Sabol
Joe & Lorraine Sabol
April 10, 2020
May your beautiful memories sustain you at this time and years to come..
Denise and Bill Conway
April 10, 2020
Diane and family, I am so sorry to read about your mom. About 2 weeks before the "shutdown" at the Watermark I saw her. She had the most wonderful smile and was so proud of her family. May she rest in peace.
Jo-Ann Olsen
April 10, 2020
Diane,

So sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Milton Jacoby
April 10, 2020
Diane and family,
Sending my deepest sympathy for the loss of you Mother. Keeping you in my prayers .
God Bless
Dot (Williams) Rodgers
Dot Rodgers
April 10, 2020
Mrs. Bennett was a great Mom, Grandmom, and to the Riley's a great neighbor. She has left a legacy of how we all grew up on Carriage Drive and will not be forgotten. For the Bennetts old enough to remember the bells calling us in for dinner after playing ball in the backyard your mom played a big part with a lot of good memories.

Jim & Nancy Riley
April 9, 2020
Rita was a friend and colleague and I will miss the many conversations about our families. Rita was so proud of each of her children and grandchildren and had many loving stories to share each time we visited one another.
She was a loving and kind individual and she will be missed by all her family members and friends. Rest In Peace, my friend! Love, Donna
Donna Coble
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