- July 3, 1919 - February 1, 2017
- Warren, Michigan
of Rita's Passing
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“Aunt Rita, we will always miss you! Family gatherings won't be the same without your jokes and you fun attitude. You were the strongest, most...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Ashley Whitted - Lake Orion, MI
“Aunt Rita, I will always remember you as the funny, headstrong, determined woman you were. You will be missed by all who knew you. I love you.
2 of 3 | Posted by: Nina Whitted - Shelby Township, MI
“A gem of a lady. Independent and strong, loving and kind. You will be missed, but you'll live in our hearts forever. We love you Aunt Rita ❤
3 of 3 | Posted by: Juliana Whitted - Family
Rita Mary VerHoven, age 97 of Warren, died Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the Windemere Park Assisted Living facility in Warren. She was born July 3, 1919 in Detroit, daughter of the late Aloysius and the late Rose (nee: Kaltz) VerHoven.
Retired for the past 25 years, that would mean that Rita remained at her place of business until the age of 72,...something almost unheard of that long ago. Employed as a bookkeeper for Paselk's Florist, she loved what she did immensely which made going to work something she looked forward to with eagerness. Rita possessed strong work ethics which were also witnessed in the things she enjoyed doing away from the job. At the flower shop, it was her mind that was exercised and used the most. At home, it was her hands that she put to work on projects she held as dear as she did her job.
Coming from a day and time where the conveniences we enjoy today didn't exist, women of Rita's era learned to do things that would be quite foreign to many of her counterparts today. Women learned skills that were both useful as well as creative, respectively,...and Rita was no stranger to them. One of these skills was through her ability to sew and the many ways she could wield her needle & thread. She was always quite proud that most of the clothing she wore were creations of her own two hands. Those hands also managed to weave together some wonderful creations through her talents in crocheting. Another of those old world skills she diligently kept ahead of was seen in the many hours spent canning her foods. From the various fruits and vegetables she chose to preserve, Rita always managed to have on hand foods that were always much more healthy and satisfying than anything you could get on the shelves in the grocery store. And speaking of those fruits and vegetables, that brings us to yet another of Rita's pastimes,...spending time in her garden. If you're going to can them, you might as well grow them, and we'll call that an "unofficial" motto of hers. She loved extending the finer points of her gardening skills in her masterpiece out back, and the work of her tender-loving-care was seen by all.
Rita had two other loves in life,...one was her fascination and adoration for travel, and the other was in the countless pleasures and warm fuzzies she received from her feline friend, Leo. Never having been married, Rita was able to pour all of her heart and soul into Leo, and the two were famous friends.
Rita was the loving daughter of the late Aloysius and Rose (nee: Kaltz) VerHoven. Dear sister of the late Walter (Charlotte) VerHoven, and the late Dorothy (Ernest) Delalla. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass for Rita will be conducted Saturday, February 11th , 12:00 pm noon at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 14025 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren..
Memorial donations are welcomed to the St. Vincent de Paul / St. Faustina Conference.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Rd. at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren.
Please share memories of Rita at her memory book above.