Rita Zaharchuk of Washingtonville, N.Y., dies


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Rita Zaharchuk of Washingtonville, N.Y., died on Friday, June 7, 2019, at home.

She was the daughter late Anna and Charles Rowe and was born in Troy, N.Y.

Rita retired from the Washingtonville High School District and was a member of the NYS Teacher’s Retirement System, NYS United Teachers, Middletown Retired Teacher’s Association, St. Columba Roman Catholic Church, as well as the St. Columba Ladies Auxiliary.

During her retirement, she worked as a volunteer for St. Columba Church.

Rita was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend. She enjoyed listening to music, reading, shopping, family gatherings and her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Nicholas; their son, John, and his wife, Susan, of Bluebell, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Alexander, Peter, Geoffrey, Katherine, Christopher and Terese; sisters, Jean Vertetes and Helen Olsen, both of Kingston, N.Y.; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Jean; sisters Marge, Eleanor, Dorothy, Ruth, Ethel and Marion; and brothers Warren and William.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m., at St. Columba Roman Catholic Church, 27 High St., Chester, N.Y.

Interment will immediately follow at St. Columba Roman Catholic Parish Cemetery, located on Route 94 in Chester.

There will not be a public visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting, if one wishes, to make a contribution in Rita’s name to either St. Columba Roman Catholic Church, 27 High Street, Chester, NY 10918; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Funeral arrangements were made by Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers.



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