Rita J. Atlagovich, age 84, died March 11, 2019 of a stroke. Beloved and loyal wife of the late John; loving and devoted mother of Charles, Rita Marie, Therese, Kathleen (her fav) and the late Daisy (Beagle) Atlagovich; cherished and over-indulgent grandmother of Karl, Jacquelyn, Alexis, Puck (cat), Napoleana (cat), Annie (Beagle) Atlagovich, and John Kincaid; caring and selfless mother-in-law of Concetta Atlagovich. Kind and dutiful sister of the late Therese Kunes. Rita will be deeply missed by her niece and nephews, many “adopted grandchildren” and a diverse group of friends, who are new and long-time, young and old. She was born March 4, 1935 of meager means but was determined to overcome adversities. Rita was always grateful to the Ursuline nuns for instilling in her the importance of faith, education, knowledge and financial independence. She is credited as the first female engineering student at Fenn College. After marrying John in 1958, her focus switched to raising their family. John and Rita insisted their children all earn college degrees, and they demonstrated the importance of being generous of themselves and their time to family and friends. Sadly, at only 50 years old, she was widowed. Always a resilient woman, Rita returned to college and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ursuline College. She held many jobs, but the few which provided the best stories were The Front Row Theater, Ursuline College, Jacob’s Field and Mayfield High School. She volunteered her time at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Steamship Mather and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History among other places. Her children and her family were always her priority, but her passions were reading and travel. Rita was a voracious reader of all genre, but her favorite was history (WWII and Russia). She joyfully traveled the world (Ireland, England, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Egypt, Australia, Belize, Ecuador, Galapagos, Mexico, Caribbean Islands, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and most of the states in mainland USA), but her favorite memories were trips to Disney with her precious grandchildren. Rita was often heard saying one of her favorite (and sincerely believed!) quotes, “Life is uncertain; eat dessert first!” So, tonight, before you have dinner, have your dessert first, and raise a fork (or spoon) to Rita! Anyone inclined to make a donation in her honor, please consider the Children’s Heart Foundation, Cleveland Natural History Museum, Rescue Village or the Alzheimer’s Association. Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the SCHULTE & MAHON-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 5252 MAYFIELD RD., LYNDHURST (BETWEEN RICHMOND AND BRAINARD). Interment Whitehaven Memorial Park. The family will receive friends AT THE FUNERAL HOME THURSDAY, MARCH 14 FROM 4 TO 7 P.M.
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All of our funeral home locations offer complete services for traditional funerals, funerals followed by cremation, graveside services, shipping arrangements and direct cremations with memorial services.
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