Rita L. Garrah
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On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Rita L. Garrah passed into the arms of the Lord at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, following a long illness at the age of 92 years.

She was the daughter of the late Nicholas Gallondorm and Catherine Hoffman Riefler.

She was also preceded in death by her sister Marie Gallondorm and brother Earl R. Riefler.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, John P. Garrah; her sister-in-law Shirley Garrah and her children Paul (Beverly),
Michael and daughters, Mark (Lucy) Garrah and nieces: Maureen (Steve) Parreco and sons and Erin (William) Mallori and daughters; dear friends: Sue LaBruno, Margaret Glinsky, Frank Glinsky, and Eric Grossman, Leah (Steve) Anderson and Lynn (Dan) Goodwin and son; cousins: Mrs. James Mullen and family.

Born in Scranton, PA on April 17, 1922, Rita was raised in Honesdale from age 10 months on Riverside Drive and Ridge St. until her marriage to John.

She was an icon on Main St. having initially worked for Scureman's Pharmacy and then Glinsky's Pharmacy for over 50 years, all on the 1100 block.

A lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist and St. Mary Magdalen Parish, she was a graduate of Honesdale Catholic High School.

She was a member of the Parish Altar and Rosary Society and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She was an active participant in the Parish Eucharistic Adoration from its inception for over 20 years.

Rita was an active member of the Democratic Party and an original member of the PA Young Democrats.

She served in District #2 as an Election Official and was cited for her 50 plus years continuous voting record.

She and her husband, John, traveled extensively, including several trips to Canada and Europe, and most recently to Mexico in April.

Both Rita and John were active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) for the last 25 years.

Both served as local and county officers and state and national convention delegates. In 2012, Rita was honored with a life membership by the Ladies AOH National Board, an honor limited to only 4 ladies bi-annually.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 22nd at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Honesdale at 10am. The family
will receive friends, 9 to 10 in church.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at the convenience of her family.
Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale.

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Published in Tri-County Independent on Sep. 20, 2014.
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October 1, 2014
John, I will pray for Rita. She was a great lady and I enjoyed many hours as a youth from 12th Street at Scureman's with my milk shakes. Rita could always make me laugh. Rest In Peace Rita
Wayne Doherty
September 29, 2014
John-
So sorry to hear about Rita's death. She was a very special lady and a wonderful friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Amy Higgins
September 26, 2014
To the family of RITA L GARRAH I send my sincere condolences. ISAIAH 61;1,2.

sincerely,
JWJC
September 22, 2014
John:

My sincerest condolences on your loss. rita was a beautiful lady...what a loss for all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time in your lives. Rae DiSpaldo, Secretary
PA LAOH State Board
September 22, 2014
On behalf of our whole staff, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

Your friends at Traditional Home Health & Hospice
September 20, 2014
John,andfamily,

With deepest sympathy to a dear friend whom I am honored to say I walked this path of life with. Rita was a matriarch in the LAOH and will be truly missed. Her love for the Rosary to Our Most Blessed Virgin Mary will continue in our hearts as an inspiration in celebration of her Life. God Bless, all my love to you John for sharing of the most beautiful kind person I have ever known, prayers and healing to your Family.

Mary McHale LAOH
September 20, 2014
Rita will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. What a wonderful lady. In our thoughts and prayers, Gerrit and Kathy Vanderwell
September 20, 2014
John you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Karen
Karen Lyons
September 20, 2014
Rest in Peace Dear Friend
I will miss you.
Karen
Karen Lyons
September 20, 2014
What a pleasant lady Rita was at the corner drugstore where I went for coffee when I was on my first job. She always had a smile.

Sincere sympathy, John, on the passing of your dear wife. May your memories sustain you in this time of sorrow.
May Rita Rest in peace and God bless you.
Dolores (Nonnenmacher) Hauptfleisch
September 20, 2014
Sincerest Sympathy
Rita and her Family and I went back a long ways.
In My Prayers
James J Bresset
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