Rita M Donaldson

(Oct 16, 1917 to Nov 28, 2008)

For some being well read means perusing the occasional book. Rita devoured them by the shopping bag full. Her mind was a steel trap: she kept stats on everything from the exact amount of interest in her bank account to weekly quarterback ratings. While the women cooked in the kitchen, she’d kibitz with the men and advise them on their weekly fantasy football trades. If she wasn’t talking sports she loved to pontificate on the political scene. She kept abreast of every level from dog catcher to President and was more Fox than CNN. She and her husband hosted crab parties at the Florida Motor Court Home Park and had great times at the Villas Fishing Club. Following retirement they cruised the warm climates. Meomorable trips included the locks of Panama and the Caribbean. She raised her children in Westville and lived in Swedesboro before making her final port of call at the Woodbury Mews.rnRita was wife of the late Richard; mother of: Claude Clark (Valerie), Richard Donaldson (Mary), and Bruce Donaldson (Terri); sister of James Blumenstein; Aunt of Mike and Carol O’Brien; Mother in law of Albert Kilpatrick, Grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 10. Predeceased by daughter, Nancy Kilpatrick and brother, Edward Blumenstein.rnCome celebrate 91 witty years Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 am at Daley Life Celebration Studio 1518 Kings Highway, Swedesboro. Mass of Christian Burial 11 am St. Joseph’s Church, Swedesboro. Burial Cold Springs Cemetery. Tell us a great story about Rita at lifecelebrationstudio.com.rn

6 thoughts on “Rita M Donaldson

  1. Anonymous

    Memories of Mommom.rnrnPicking one memory from a lifetime I realize is not an easy task. I look back at my life with my grandmother and realize how I took this relationship for granted. I spent my childhood days talking about me, telling mommom everything about anything. She would listen and laugh, and sometimes roll her eyes. It wasn?t until I was older that I listened back. I learned recently how she met my grandfather; I could still see the excitement in her eyes. My mommom taught me so many things. And in the end I think her secret to a long life is love, a touch of humor, well in her case…dry sarcasm, and having love and family in your life, which she has given us all. I keep my memories close to my heart knowing she is in a better place looking down on what she valued most, her family.rnrn~Love,Christinernrn

  2. Lois Grotzinger McIntyre

    I was so sorry to hear of Rita’s passing.rnI lived next door to her parents in Westville and grewrnup with Buddy. She was a special lady, even way backrnthen. Please see that Buddy gets this message.rnThank you.rnLois and Pat McIntyre

  3. Grace (Rieger) Carling-Kelly

    Mary,rnYou and your family have my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Rita Donaldson. She looks like a lovely person. Wishing your family a wonderful New Year.rnrnGraciernDubuque, IA

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