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In Memory


Rita Rinelli

Rita Rinelli

1942 - 2019

Rita Rinelli, 76 years old, a lifelong Kenosha resident, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019 at Froedtert South-Kenosha Medical Center.

Rita was born in Chicago, IL on November 7, 1942, the daughter of the late Alfred S. and Ann R. (Justiliano) Rinelli, and granddaughter of the late Sebastian and Rita Rinelli and Giacomo and Maria Justiliano.

Rita was a member of the St. Therese Catholic Church Choir in 1971, and from 1972-1979, she was a member of the choir at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. She instructed dance at Fred Astair Dance Studios in Madison, WI and worked at Rennebohm Drug Store in Madison. She was also a member of the Kenosha Car Club, and enjoyed attending classic car meets, where she often rode along. Rita volunteered as a reader with the Gateway EARS Program and was a member of the Carthage Community Chorus.

She worked at the Dayton Hotel from 1979-1980 and later, worked as a cashier at the Roosevelt Theater in its last year of operation, 1984. She participated with the Lakeside Players, in "The Man Who Came to Diner", and acted in the Gateway Technical College radio-dramatic program in 1982. She will be fondly remembered for her participation in local community theater, her love of country drives and her love for her beloved Chihuahua, PeeWee.

"Life and Death Are One, even as the river and sea are one In the depth of your hopes and desires lies the silent knowledge of the beyond, And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow, your heart dreams of spring, Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity" Kahlil Gibran

Survivors include her sisters, Paula Rinelli of Madison, WI and Linda Rinelli of Denver, CO; immediate cousins Marie, Myra, Cara, Bill and Brian, and the late Rita Reginato and Leonore Brown.

Celebration of Life to be scheduled at a later date.






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07/18/19 12:22 AM #11    

Rita Rinelli

Thank you all for remembering Rita, and for your dear, valued friendships. Rita spoke fondly and often of you, her classmates. Those memories of you all were golden and lasted through her lifetime.

07/18/19 12:28 AM #12    

Rita Rinelli

A Memorial Mass for Rita Marie Rinelli '61 will be sung at St. Elizabeth (formerly St. George) Church, 4801 8th Avenue at 10am on Saturday, July 20. All are welcome.

11/04/19 07:07 PM #13    

Rita Rinelli

Everyone's welcome to a Memorial Mass for

Rita Marie Rinelli

on her birthday: Thursday, November 7, 2019

at St. Elizabeth Church, 4801 Eighth Avenue in Kenosha.

You're welcome afterwards at the Froedert Kenosha Hospital Cafeteria.

Thank you all for remembering Rita.

11/04/19 07:18 PM #14    

Rita Rinelli

Everyone's welcome to come and remember

Rita Marie Rinelli

on her birthday, Thursday, November 7, 2019

12 Noon, St. Elizabeth Church, 4801 Eighth Avenue

and/or immediately afterwards at Froedert Kenosha Hospital Cafeteria.

Thank you for remembering Rita.



11/07/19 12:01 AM #15    

Rita Rinelli

Remembering Rita Rinelli on November 7, her 77th Birthday.

11/07/19 11:43 AM #16    

Mary Irving (Jurgaitis)

The video created to honor Rita's life was beautiful. It touches the heart.

11/12/19 12:59 PM #17    

Suzette Arnoldini (Englund)

To Lou, who created the beautiful memorial with photos and gorgeous song for Rita.  I wish everyone had a person who cared for them and thought so much of them as you did Rita. What a beautiful tribute.  Thank you for caring for our classmate and enrichig the life of our friend Rita.      

11/12/19 01:42 PM #18    

Jack Siebert

What a lovely tribute to Rita; thank you for sharing her life with us, her Bradford classmates of 1961.

11/13/19 08:52 AM #19    

Alex Matusevicius

How thoughtful of Lou to create this musical tribute to Rita. He was so kind to look after her. 

02/26/20 06:25 PM #20    

Marilyn Copen (Birky)

Sorry to hear of her passing. 

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