Rita Chakalos
1929 - 2013
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CHAKALOS, RITA B. Rita B. Chakalos, 84, of Windsor, beloved wife of John Chakalos, passed away peacefully at her home, with grace and dignity, surrounded by her loving family, on November 21, 2013. Rita was born on February 26, 1929 to the late Jacob and Martha (Cyranowicz) Baranowski in Middletown. She was a 1947 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown. Upon graduation, she attended Waterbury Hospital School of Nursing, graduating with her RN in 1950. In 1954 she married John and they settled in Windsor where they raised their four daughters. In 1994 John and Rita built a home in West Chesterfield, NH and began splitting their time between New Hampshire and Connecticut. Rita was a devout Catholic, dedicated parishioner and Eucharistic minister of St. Gabriel church in Windsor. She was a member of many clubs and organizations including Catholic Daughters, and a local chapter of T.O.P.S. She was a generous contributor of many charitable organizations; Rita was instrumental in organizing a large annual holiday food drive for the local food pantry in New Hampshire. She was an avid reader and proud to fill her library with an abundance of books and photo albums which included not only her precious memories of her family but also her granddogs. Rita’s kind, loving, supportive and positive demeanor will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her. In addition to her husband of 59 years, Rita will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Elaine J. Chakalos of West Hartford; Linda Carman of Middletown; Charlene Gallagher of Hampstead, NC; Valerie R. Santilli and her husband Lawrence of West Hartford; her sister, Dorothy Ozurek of Windsor; as well as her grandchildren, Haley and Colin Massie, Nathan Carman, Nash and Colton Gallagher, Zoe and Christian Santilli, her step-grandchildren, “Little” Larry Santilli and Krista Santilli. Rita also leaves many endeared nieces, nephews and countless friends. Besides her parents Rita was predeceased by her brothers, Harry Baranoski and Chester Baranowski. Family and friends may gather on Monday, November 25, 9:15 a.m. at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m., at St. Gabriel Church, Windsor. Burial will immediately follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Rita’s family will receive friends on Sunday, November 24, from 3-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Her family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to her hospice nurse, Margaret, for her warm and compassionate care. It was Rita’s wish, that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Covenant House. To donate please make checks payable to the Covenant House and mail to: Covenant House, Attn: Sandra Latchman, Rita B. Chakalos Memorial Donations, 461 8th Ave., New York, NY 10001. For online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

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Published in middletownpress from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2013.
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Memorial Gathering
09:15 AM
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00 AM
St. Gabriel Church
Cedar Hill Cemetery
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December 21, 2013

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Tammy & Thomas
November 26, 2013
Valerie, Larry and Chakalos family I am so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. She was a sweet person. We would have been there but didn't know and no one told us. Stay strong love Dana and Karen DeCapua
Karen Decapua
November 25, 2013
Linda, Charlene, Elaine and Valerie and Mr. Chakalos, I am so sorry I couldn't make the service today. I have great memories of Mrs. Chakalos during my college years. She was always made me feel so welcomed. She loved her girls, that is for sure. May you keep her memories dear to your heart. Diane Krout
November 24, 2013
Dear Linda, Nathan and family, i am so sorry to learn of your loss. Rita had such a sweet and gentle spirit that touched all who met her. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that she is no longer suffering. We send our love and support in the days ahead
Linda Klemba
November 24, 2013
To all, I was sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my sympathy and condolences. Growing up on Overlook with all of you is one of my greatest memories.
Craig Stewart
November 23, 2013
To all the Chakalos Family,
My heart and hugs go out to each of you. I have many childhood memories of your mothers kind words and gentle ways. She was a wonderful woman. May she be at peace and may time help you all embrace her beauty with less heartache. All my love- Paula Zwick (Stewart)
Paula Zwick
November 22, 2013
Charlene and family, I was so saddened to hear that your mother had passed away. She was such a wonderful woman. I pray that God will surely grant her eternal rest.
Bonnie Burgess Martin
November 22, 2013
May Rita's Memory be Eternal
Louis & Sue-Ellan Kolivas
November 22, 2013
With deepest sympathy during your time of mourning.
Carmon Funeral Homes, Inc.
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