Peacefully, on Sunday, May 20th, 2018, Mom left us to be with Dad. Rita was the youngest of ten children born to Sara and Peter Dyck. She celebrated her 79th birthday on March 30th.
Forever holding close her memory are sons Kevin (Robyn, Paul, Blair) and Eric (Alex) and daughter Janice Land (Patrick, Andrew, Tristan). She also leaves two sisters, four brothers, extended family and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband Herb, her parents, one sister, and two brothers.
Rita found the love of her life in Herb, and they were married in 1959. During their life together, until Dad’s passing in 2014, they enjoyed travelling and made trips through Canada, the US and Europe. Mom was an avid supporter of her children’s’ activities, be they sports, music or school events. Oma was also an enthusiastic spectator at the grandchildren’s’ games. She played ringette and later curled and snowmobiled.
In 2000 Herb and Rita moved to West Hawk Lake and became very involved in their community as new permanent residents. Rita was involved with the South East Whiteshell Fire Department. She was a big part of the department’s annual Open House.
Rita recently “retired” to Niverville, immediately becoming involved in various activities and volunteer work, making many new friends in the process.
Rita loved being with people. She loved to be surrounded by family and friends, playing cards and sharing laughs. She was always happy to beat any challengers in a game of cribbage. Cheering on her sports teams (curling, football and hockey) was also a serious pursuit.
During Mom’s illness, the words of comfort from the many visitors, both at home, and later at the hospital, meant so much to her. The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff at Morris General Hospital for their wonderful care during this time. A Special Thanks to Martha and Anne for their above and beyond support during Mom’s illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southeast Whiteshell Fire Department or a charity of one’s choice.
A memorial service will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, on Friday June 1, 2018 at 10:00am.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Rita Abrahams 2018.source