Rita Rodrigo, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on November 29, 2023, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on February 10, 1942, in Bayonne.
Rita was previously employed by First Savings Bank of Bayonne and the Department of the Navy at MOTBY.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Ann (Sieracki) Dorio; her husband, Joseph (Cheech) Rodrigo; and her brothers, Joseph and Mark. She is survived by her loving brother, John Dorio of Kansas.
Rita leaves behind a legacy of love through her three devoted children, Denise Stanley and her husband John of Blairstown; Lisa Rodrigo of Blairstown; and Joseph Rodrigo and his wife Jessica of Alexandria, Virginia. Her memory will be cherished by her four grandchildren, Justin Stanley and his significant other Krista of Blairstown; Amanda Smith of Randolph; and Jane and Vincent Rodrigo of Virginia. She also leaves behind two great-grandsons, Killian Donnelly and Caleb Stanley, both of Blairstown; and Godchild Theresa Ann Dorio of Arizona.
Rita was a woman of strength, generosity and compassion. In addition to her immediate family, Rita leaves behind a large extended family, including many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Rita loved to read books and play Bingo. One of her favorite pastimes was discovered through the introduction of her granddaughter, Jane. She found delight in expressing her creativity through painting on a Kindle Fire app. This newfound hobby became a source of joy and connection for Rita, illustrating the timeless bond between generations.
Friends and relatives may visit on Sunday, December 3 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown. A funeral service will follow starting at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Rita requested that donations be directed to causes dear to her heart: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warriors or the Shriners.
Rita’s kindness, love and indomitable spirit will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the love she so freely gave during her lifetime.