Nature 35

Rita Johanna Rotondo

October 19, 1946 ~ September 2, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old


Rita Johanna Rotondo, aged 76, of Myrtle Beach, formerly of McKeesport, PA, Akron, OH, and Pawleys Island, SC, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, September 2, surrounded by her sons and faithful canine companion, Bella.

Born on October 19, 1946, in McKeesport, PA to Goldie Horvatin, Rita was a woman of resilient spirit and endless love. Her life was a tapestry of cherished moments, woven with the threads of family memories, quiet acts of kindness, and her enduring love for Disney. She took immense pleasure in revisiting the classic Disney show, Davy Crockett, a favorite from her childhood, and later enjoyed the magic of Disney World, sharing its wonder with her family.

Rita's love was unconditional, especially towards her sons, David J. Smith, Ryan W. Rotondo, and Robin D. Rotondo. She was a widow, having lost her loving husband, Robert Rotondo, in 2000. Throughout her life, she embraced Rob and Renee Rotondo as her stepchildren, reflecting her generous heart.

Her granddaughters, Rhea Rotondo, 3, Ashlyn Smith, 14, and Raina Rotondo, 25, were recipients of Rita's boundless love and kindness. They, along with countless others, were touched by Rita's gentle heart, her skill in cross stitch, and the joy she found in the festive spirit of Christmas and her treasured ornament collection.

Her brothers, David and Wayne Horvatin, who preceded her in death, shared in her journey, forming bonds that remained strong till the end.

Rita's legacy is one of unwavering love, shared memories at the beach in Pawleys Island, and gentle guidance towards leading lives of kindness.

In keeping with Rita's wishes, there will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers, consider a moment of reflection to cherish a memory, share a kind word, or perform a quiet act of love.

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