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Rita Jo An Rasso Hernandez
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Birth: Mar. 5, 1944
East Moline
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 2010
Saint Charles
Kane County
Illinois, USA

Rita Jo An Rasso Hernandez, 65, of St. Charles, IL, died Wednesday, January 6, 2010 after a long and strong fight with cancer, surrounded by her family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 AM Tuesday at St. Anne Catholic Church, East Moline, IL. Visitation will be 3-7 PM Monday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, LTD, East Moline, where a rosary will be recited at 6:30 PM. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. Memorials may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church.

Rita was born March 5, 1944 in Moline, IL the daughter of David and Helen Perez Rasso. She married Cecil L. Hernandez, Jr. on February 27, 1965, at St. Anne Catholic Church.

Rita celebrated her life with vitality, strength and a smile. She attended Hoffman Grade School and gradated from United Township High School in 1962. In later years she attended Black Hawk College, Moline, IL and Marshalltown Community College, Marshalltown, IA. In those years, she created friendships that lasted her lifetime.

After graduation, Rita worked for Turnstyle Department Store until she married Cecil in 1965. Rita then became a homemaker and eventually the mother to four children Catherine, Mark, Curt & Rebecca with the unwavering love only a mother can give. Rita grew up on Campbells Island, East Moline, IL. She then moved to Silvis, IL, Marshalltown, IA, and finally to St. Charles, IL. During those years she worked for the School Districts of East Moline, Marshalltown,IA and Geneva, IL. In each of the towns that Rita lived, she spent her summers as a softball coach and tended to her flower garden. Rita loved working with and watching children learn. She took this love, and the amazing talent of children, into her home as a caretaker and then also privately for several families. Along with gardening, Rita enjoyed photography, antiquing and swimming. Before the journey of her cancer began, she was asked to participate in the Senior Citizen Olympic Swim Team.

Rita fought a long and strong battle with brain cancer. With deep appreciation, her family is thankful to the cancer staff at Northwestern University Hospital, (Chicago, IL), Edward Cancer Center, (Naperville, IL), Marion Joy Rehabilitation, (West Chicago, IL), Dr. Robert Reeder, (St. Charles) Monarch Hospice (Arlington Heights, IL) and United Township High School Class of 1962, for their care and support during this journey.

Rita will be missed by many and most especially by her survivors including her beloved husband Cecil L. Hernandez Jr.; children, Catherine Faber, of Chicago, Mark Hernandez, of St. Charles, Curt (Donna) Hernandez, of Franklin, TN and Rebecca Furmanski, of Marion, IA.; grandchildren, Ashlie Faber, Jonathan Faber, Alexander Faber, Jarred Faber, Drake Hernandez, Keegan Furmanski and Trinity Furmanski; great grandchildren, Autumn and Bailie; parents, David & Helen Rasso, of East Moline; siblings, David (Crystal) Rasso Jr., of East Moline, Janet (Jim) Armstrong, of Silvis, Michael (Chris) Rasso Sr. of East Moline, Helen(Gene) Davis of Danville, IL and Steven John Rasso of East Moline; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jim Hernandez, East Moline, Adella (Jesse) Lopez, of Sterling, IL, Dan (Janeen) Hernandez of Milan, IL, Fredrick Hernandez, of Moline, Louis Hernandez of Silvis, Linda (Dan) Stark, of East Moline and Rose Ann (Armondo) Alvardo of Silvis, and 34 nieces and nephews.
Van Hoe Funeral Home, Ltd. 
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  David Montecino Rasso (1917 - 2014)
Rock Island National Cemetery
Rock Island
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
Plot: 5 - 21
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Record added: Jan 08, 2010
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- Judy Curnell
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How Beautiful your smile still remains the sunshine of our darkness. How we miss you but will and can never forget you. Your Love is endless and has no boundaries. One day we will see you and feel the embrace of your hug and hear the comfort of your laugh...(Read more)
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