Rita Angela (Maruco) Baker, 95 of Windsor, Conn. and North Adams, passed away peacefully on April 18th.
She was born on Feb. 15, 1920 but told everybody she was a Valentine's Day baby. She grew up in North Adams and attended Drury High School. She attended Red Cross Aquatic School at Springfield College. Mrs. Baker was a swimming instructor for many years on Tuesday, Ladies' Day at the YMCA in North Adams. She also was Camp Director for the YMCA Summer Camp. She worked at J.C. Penny for years especially downstairs helping parents and kids get ready for school. Mrs. Baker was an active member of the Mark Hopkins PTO, a Brownie leader, was past president and member of the North Adams Emblem Club, a life time member of the Garden Club of America, and a member of the Holy Rosary Society at St. Anthony's.
Rita was married to Robert C. Baker on Oct. 29, 1949. He passed away in 2003. Then Rita lived with her daughter and family in Windsor, Conn.
Rita is survived by her sister, Viola Novak; sister-in-law, Eva Maruco; her daughters, Maria Pettibone-Johnson (Phil), Frances Hewes (Dave); grandson, Tyler Pettibone; and great grandson, Joey; granddaughter, Karli (Pettibone) Moschetto (Pete); and great grandson, Nathan; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand nephews. Rita was predeceased by her parents, Maria Carmela (Mancuso) Maruco and Frank Maruco and Maria Concetta (Cerminara) Maruco.
She was also pre-deceased by her three brothers, Fiore, Peter, and Joseph Maruco; and four of her five sisters, Carmel Matrigali, Palm Rose Maruco, Emma Raithel, and Anne Minnicone.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday April 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL 74 Marshall St. North Adams, Mass. are Friday morning from 9:30 - 10:30. To send a card or a message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 21, 2015
Robert Charles Baker
1924–2003 (m. 1949)
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