Rita  DeRoche


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North Andover - Rita DeRoche, 94, died April 6, 2019, at the Prescott House in North Andover. She was born April 26, 1924, in Nashua, N.H., to the late Stanley and Antonia Malonauskas Uzdavinis. She lived in Nashua, Lawrence, and North Andover, for more than 50 years. She was married to her beloved husband George for 33 years. He died in 1993. Predeceased by her three siblings John Uzdavinis, Agnes Busick, and Thelma Kamieniecki. Survived by nieces Martha Desrocher and husband Donald of N.H., Elizabeth Stanners of Calif.; and nephews Stanley Uzdavinis and wife Jeanne of N.H., and John Uzdavinis and wife Terry of N.H. Rita is also survived by long-time friends and caregivers Harry and Deborah Bernheim, and Patricia MacPhee and her family of North Andover.
Rita worked for Western Electric for many years. She was a past member of St. Francis Church in Lawrence and also served in the choir as a soloist. She also sang on WCCM and at minstrel shows locally. Rita graduated from St. Mary's High School in Lawrence. She truly enjoyed many languages and learning to speak them. She loved music, singing, and dancing, and enjoyed it up until her final day. Her strong faith and love of the Lord helped her through many struggles in her life. She was a faithful communicant at St. Michael Church and sang in the choir. Rita felt so blessed to have such compassionate caregivers at Brightview Assisted Living and Prescott House. They always brought out the best in her.
Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Monday, April 15, 2019, at 10 a.m., in St. Michael's Church, 196 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845. Burial will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, North Andover. Please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.
Published on April 14, 2019
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