July 17, 1935 ~ July 25, 2021
Born in: Brooklyn, New York
Resided in: Greece, New York
Rita M. Roberts passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Greece, NY on Saturday evening.
Born in Brooklyn, New York to Frank and Rose Martorella, Rita loved being around her family and enjoyed playing in the neighborhood with her friends. Her family eventually moved to Rochester, where Rita attended West High School. After high school she traveled across the country with friends and spent time in New Mexico.
Rita moved back to New York City for a short time and then returned to Rochester where she worked at General Dynamics for several years as a cost accountant. She also held part time positions at McCurdy & Co., The Greece Penny Saver and worked as a literacy tutor for adults. She discovered her talent for floral design, went to floral school and ended up working at several florists until she retired.
Rita had a passion for traveling, gardening, calligraphy, bird watching, everything MacKenzie- Childs, antiquing and loved playing games (but didn’t like to lose.) She loved all animals, especially those that were in need of a home.
She was an active member of the garden club, “Thyme in the Garden” and served as a volunteer at the Unity Hospital gift shop and was given a special accolade for her many years of service.
Rita loved spending time with her family & friends and everyone was always welcome at the Roberts household.
Rita is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Richard; survived by her son John and his wife Christie and their son Jason; her daughter Laura and her husband Larry and their son Alex; her sister Ronnie and in-laws Jane and Joe; as well as several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sister Lily and brother Joe; Rita is also survived by her dog Sadie and her cat Ollie.
Friends may call Saturday, July 31st, 3 PM – 5 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Greece Chapel, 1075 Long Pond Road. Her memorial service will be held, following visitation at 5 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester (www.lollypop.org) which has been helping animals and people since 1873.
For the continued health and safety of our family and friends in these complicated times, the Roberts family requests that those who have not been vaccinated to please where masks during during visitation and the service.
For more information, or to sign Rita’s online guestbook, please visit: www.MeesonFamily.com.
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Rita M. Roberts 's name.