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Mary ‘Rita’ Retersdorf

September 12, 2012
The Leader Herald

Mrs. Mary "Rita" Retersdorf, 87, of Gloversville, passed away September 10, 2012, at her residence. She was born January 20, 1925, in Little Falls, N.Y., daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Buckley Gargiulo. Her family moved to Gloversville during her childhood. Rita as educated in Gloversville schools and early in her life worked at the Navy Depot in Scotia. She also worked as a glove maker at area manufacturers for a time. Most of her life, she was a devoted homemaker.

An avid bingo player, she enjoyed shopping almost as much. Rita was also an excellent cook and baker. She was a member of The Church of The Holy Spirit and of the Sisters of The Holy Spirit of the church. She also was a longtime volunteer for Nathan Littauer Hospital Auxiliary, particularly the Nursing Home section. Her other memberships included the Ida McGinnis Seniors in Gloversville and the Elks Lodge in Venice, Florida, where she and her late husband, Jim wintered for many years.

Rita is survived by her three children, James Scott Retersdorf (Margaret Houtz) of Gloversville, Bonnie (Joseph) Falanga of Valrico, Florida and Mark Retersdorf (Lisa Denney) of Kingman, Arizona. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Robyn Morrell (Martin), Debbie Smigen (Mike), Jaime, Alan (Elizabeth), Brian Retersdorf, Laura and Jared Retersdorf and their mom, Suzanne, Todd, Jeff, Chris Falanga, David Risso and Kevin Denney. Rita also leaves her great-grandchildren, Kayla and Samantha Morrell, Alyssa Wells, Mikey Smigen and Anthony Risso; several nieces and nephews.

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Rita was predeceased in 2011, by her husband, James, whom she married June 8, 1946. She was also predeceased by a grandson, Scott J. Retersdorf; and daughter-in-law, Dodie.

A prayer service will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville and at 10 a.m. a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 149 S. Main Street, Gloversville. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, or to the church.

Please visit the family's online guestbook at



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