Rita Joanne Lastort, 82, of Wilmington, N.C., passed away peacefully at Trinity Grove early Thursday morning. Rita was born in Detroit, Mich., daughter of the late Justine (Haines) and Charles Jarrett. Her family members moved back again to their Altoona roots when Rita was seven.
She was preceded in demise by her beloved husband of 60 several years, Joseph “JD” and brothers, Carl and Philip.
Surviving are her a few young children: Michael (Jan) of Takoma Park, Md., Renee Pennebacker (Paige) and Nicole Lee (Dylan), both equally of Wilmington, N.C. a few grandsons: Taran, Jarrett and Nicholas Pennebacker, who all reside in California.
Rita is also survived by her brother, Charles “Davey” Jarrett of Hollidaysburg by her sister-in-regulation and brother-in-law, Martha (Lastort) and Mickey Paris of Altoona and by her pretty very best buddy, Marie Petro, her soul sister.
Immediately after graduating from Altoona High University in 1958, Rita was a secretary at Wolf Home furniture right up until she satisfied the appreciate of her existence, acquired married and turned a remain-at-home mom. She returned to get the job done for 10 many years at House Nursing Agency, in advance of retiring to Bradenton, Fla., in 1997 to be nearer to her grandsons, in which she ongoing her legacy of staying the most astounding Nanny and played numerous important roles in their lives, including becoming their amount a person, and loudest, soccer grandma cheerleader. She labored at Barnes Walker Attorneys at Regulation in Bradenton.
Rita was very a jack-of-all-trades and learn of all. She was a gifted seamstress, gardener, house decorator, extraordinary chef and even a tree trimmer. She experienced a kitchen area hair salon where she reduce, styled, permed and colored. There were so numerous exciting situations in the kitchen area salon.
Rita experienced a heart of gold and a stunning, cheerful personality. She touched the hearts of anyone she arrived into call with. Her laughter and love of daily life was infectious and everyone who knew her instantaneously beloved her. She was an wonderful mom, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and mate. Rita crossed paths with lots of people today regardless of whether it be operate, Bunco, Pinochle Club, bowling, band parties and further than. Her fondest memory as a younger woman was offering deliver with her brothers on Drinking water Avenue in Huntingdon. If you knew Rita, you know the tale.
Rita was unfortunately stricken by Alzheimer’s ailment in her early 70s. Household experienced to put her at Trinity Grove in Wilmington, N.C., when JD, Renee and Paige moved to be nearer to Nicole. She fought really hard in opposition to this awful illness right up until the end and even in her most complicated stage, she was nevertheless capable to touch the hearts of the most incredible, affected person, loving, God-despatched caregivers at Trinity Grove, who cherished her right up until her final breath.
Rita will be sadly missed by all of us who liked her.
Family and good friends will be received at 9 a.m. at Santella Funeral Residence, 1106 8th Ave., Altoona, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, adopted by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Our Woman of Mount Carmel, 806 11th St., Altoona. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Preparations have been by Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s memory can be manufactured to Treatment Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 310, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or online at curealz.org/offering/.