Rita D. Leone, 93, of 1523 South Ave., Lewis Run, passed away Friday (May 7, 2021) at Penn Highlands Hospital, in Clearfield, with her family by her side.
Born March 6, 1928, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Luigi and Mary Tartarella Mongillo. She was a 1946 graduate of St. Bernard School.
On July 12, 1950, in St. Bernard Church, she married James Leone, who preceded her in death May 28, 1965.
Rita had been employed as a cashier at Producers Bank and Trust, the Oxford Shoppe and Man's World.
She was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Catholic Girl's Club, Frances Sherman Auxiliary, and she had volunteered at the Bradford Central Christian High School library.
Rita excelled at playing scrabble, enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching Penn State and Buffalo Bills football and watching golf tournaments.
Surviving are three daughters, Kathy (Scott) Buckenmeyer of Swanton, Ohio, Karen (Daniel) Dzenkowski of State College, and Karla (George Ruggles) Leone of Lewis Run; seven grandchildren, Jamie Dzenkowski, Daniel Dzenkowski, Bryan Dzenkowski, Shelley Dzenkowski, Rob Yohe, Jason Yohe and Renee Gleason; three great-grandchildren, Sophie Dzenkowski, Hudson Dzenkowski, Helen Dzenkowski; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Angelo Mongillo, and Tom Mongillo; three sisters, Ella Romano, Angie Copley, and Rose Yaros.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main Street, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m. in St. Bernard Church, with Fr. Jim Gutting, Senior Associate, as Celebrant. Masks and social distancing will be required at St. Bernard Church. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions if desired may be made to Alzheimer's Association
4261, 1600 Peninsula Drive, Suite 15, Erie, PA 16505, or https://act.alz.org/donate
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Published by The Bradford Era from May 11 to May 15, 2021.