On June 16, 2013, at the age of 94, Rita Rachel Lombardi passed away peacefully in the company of her three children and granddog Eli Angelo. She was the widow of former Warren Town Council president and Army Captain, Lester L. Lombardi Sr.
She is survived by her two sons, Lester (Butch) L. Lombardi Jr. (Cynthia) and William M. Lombardi of Warren; her daughter, Judith E. Lombardi of White River Junction, VT.; her grandson, Nicolas Lombardi (Katie); and her great-grandson, William Thomas Lombardi of Norwell, MA.
The daughter of Eli and Exilia Deblois, Rita was pre-deceased by her 16 siblings, including Lawrence, Joseph ,Dennis, Norman, Rene, Lillian, Marion, Irene and Blanche.
A former switch board operator at Berkshire Hathaway, Rita was married during World War II and devoted her life to her husband, family and her local parish. She enjoyed oil painting, playing piano, music and the assortment of family pets, and singing in the church choir. Graduating with honors as valedictorian from St. Jean Baptiste School and Warren High School, Rita enjoyed participating in the many local school and town theater productions. She met Lester in a production of “The Mikado” where they both played lead roles as “YumYum” and “Nankipoo.”
Until her recent illness she lived independently in the family home for 93 years. During the last year of her life she was lovingly cared for by the staff of St. Elizabeth Manor (South Wing).
Arrangements are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren where the family will receive friends and relatives Sunday, June 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 24 in St. Jean Baptiste Mission Church, Main Street. Interment at St. Alexander’s Cemetery, Greenlawn Avenue, Warren, will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rita’s name to The Parish Outreach Society, 645 Main St., Warren, RI 02885, or the Warren Animal Shelter, 80 Wood St., Warren, RI 02885. See www.wjsmithfh.com.