Rita  Knowlton


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Danvers, MA - Rita (Blosh) Knowlton, 69, passed away peacefully in her home on the North Shore on June 24, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.
Rita was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania to Ada (Roman) Blosh and John Blosh. She moved to Massachusetts after completing her degree at Pennsylvania State University where she made lifelong friends who became family. She then went on to complete paralegal studies at Bentley College and received a Masters' of Education at UMass Lowell. She began her career as a teacher and worked at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Methuen, Mass. for 6 years followed by over 20 years in the Lawrence Public School system. While working at Lawrence High School, she co-developed and co-ran ARC (Another Route to College), a joint Lawrence High-Northern Essex Community College program encompassing MCAS preparation, internships and college classes.
She was well-known for her love of cooking, baking, political discussions, and especially for her "gatherings" where she was often the life of the party. She inspired countless students to pursue meaningful careers and engage in society and the local community. She was active in local politics and enjoyed debating and advocating for change. Rita loved Maine and loved travelling, and the day after she retired from Lawrence High School in 2016 flew with her daughter and sister to achieve a life-long goal of standing on the Great Wall of China. Since her retirement, she loved spending time with her granddaughter and continuing her love of reading, learning to cook Thai food among other new specialties, and watching Morning Joe.
Rita is survived by her husband, David E. Knowlton; her daughter, Dr. Sasha E. Knowlton; her son-in-law, Joshua K. Lowman; her beloved granddaughter, Izabella M. Lowman; her sister, Marie Blosh and brother-in-law, Samuel Trosow; her brother, John Blosh and sister-in-law Linda Blosh; and many cousins and close friends.
Based on her wishes, she has donated her remains to UMass Medical School to educate future generations of physicians and continue her legacy in education. A Celebration of Life will be organized and hosted by her family privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Sarcoma Center, in memory of Rita Knowlton to support cancer research and patient care at:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
P.O. Box 849168
Boston, MA 02284
or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.
Published on June 26, 2019
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Jean Luis Santana
Jun 29, 2019
Rita was a pleasant teacher to have in the classroom and I always respected her for her daring but classy approach to have the class engage in political discussions and such. It really enforced the way we looked at ourselves as young and somewhat confused high schoolers. Also, I used to personally debate with her in certain topics just for fun or to learn more about her. She will be missed, God bless her forever.
Janet Prior
Jun 28, 2019
I worked with Rita at Lawrence High School and I know the good she did for all her students. She will be missed by many students and teacher. She was such a kind and giving person.
Samuel guzman
Jun 28, 2019
Absolutely heart breaking one of the most understanding person I’ve met 😢
Alison Colarusso
Jun 28, 2019
I worked with Rita at LHS. She was a great lady and truly cared for those around her. She always has a smile and was willing to talk. She was a great soul!
Ann and Jim Gilbert
Jun 27, 2019
David and Sasha,
We treasure your family sharning yourselves with us. Rita sure knew how to run a room. Her warmth and smile, and the food! You are in our thought, and so is Dear Rita.
All our best. Ann and Jim
Patricia Peledge Hubbard
Jun 26, 2019
David, my deepest sympathy to you & your family. 🙏
Allan Murphy
Jun 26, 2019
So very sorry
Danielle, Paul, & Natasha Haven
Jun 26, 2019
Thoughts and prayers are with you always. Remember that our moms are not really gone, rather just watching us from afar.
Susan Gwizdak
Jun 26, 2019
David, Sasha this is Susan, Janet’s sister.
I have been thinking and praying for all of you. I will always have very fond memories of going to Janet's and seeing all of you. Rita was always very kind &
Willing to stop and talk. My deepest condolences to all of you❤️Susan
Jim and Kathy Rurak
Jun 26, 2019
We loved getting to know all the Knowltons. You brought life and ideas to our campaigns and the city of Haverhill. Ammie sends special sympathy to Sasha.
David Knowlton
Jun 26, 2019
Missing my love and best friend until we meet again.
Daniel J Parker
Jun 26, 2019
A great friend. Best friend to Pam. He she will be always in are heart. She an Pam will get to hang out in heaven waiting for us to join them. Our sincere condolences for your family and friends. Dan & Nancy Parker.
Richard Fardy
Jun 26, 2019
On behalf of the Aleppo Shriners Brass Band, I would like t express sincere condolences to David and the entire family. We will consider it a privilege to make a donation in her name to the Dana- Farber Institute. Heartfelt prayer for you and your family.
Ron Bjork
Jun 26, 2019
My condolences