Rita Prete

Obituary of Rita Prete

Rita Bernadine Prete (nee Gerber), 92, of Vermilion, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Mercy New Life Hospice after a short illness.

Rita was born August 22, 1925 in Chatham, Ontario and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 60 years moving from Roseville, MI.

She graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Chatham, Ontario and was a member of the Registered Nurses Organization of Ontario and Ohio.

Rita was also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Vermilion where she had been active with the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a past member of the First Ladies Golf League and the Vermilion Bridge-O-Rama at the Vermilion YMCA. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, and sewing.

She is survived by her sons, Paul (Debbie) Prete of Sandusky, Peter Prete of Lakewood, Gerard (Yvonne) Prete of Trabuco Canyon, CA, Michael (Debbie) Prete of Denver, CO, and Robert (Marianne) Prete of Vermilion; daughters, Anne (Douglas) Cary of Vermilion and Theresa (Kirk) Remsberg of Port Sanilac, MI; 20 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward A. Prete in 1998; son, John Prete; parents, Paul and Clara (nee Pfeifer) Gerber; her sisters, Leona McKeoen, Loretta Foulis, Sister Jeanette Gerber, Madeleine Brady, Helen Breen, and Josephine Shaw; and her brothers, Carl Gerber and Vincent Gerber.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 4-7 pm at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street Vermilion Ohio. Prayers will be said at the funeral home on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 10:30 am followed by an 11:00 am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Catholic Church, 731 Exchange Street, Vermilion. The Reverend Ron Brickner will officiate. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Mary School Endowment Fund, 731 Exchange Street, Vermilion, OH 44089.

Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com.