Rita A. Freud, a 55 year resident of Pearl River, NY went to heaven on September 7, 2020 at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City, NY at the age of 86. Rita was married to her true love, Richard for 62 years. Rita is predeceased by Richard in 2017. Rita raised all of her five children in Pearl River and then worked for Doctor Nelson Lee in Orangeburg, NY alongside her best friend Pat Rooney. She later enjoyed retirement with her loving husband, splitting their time in Sun City, AZ for a number of years. After returning home to their most beloved town of Pearl River they spent the remaining years in the "neighborhood" on the west end. Rita loved Pearl River. She enjoyed spending time with her closest of friends, Maryann, Dotty, Mary and Betty. Born in Jamaica, Queens on January 8, 1934 to Della and Thomas Gilligan. She became a lifelong parishioner of St. Margaret R.C. Church after moving to Pearl River. Rita volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader; CYO Committee Member for Dances; and for over 15 years taught CCD (religion courses). Rita loved her family dearly and was a devout Catholic. She possessed a love for her beloved Irish heritage. Rita will be forever in our hearts and minds. She is survived by her children, Susanne (Bill) Cronin of Beacon, NY; Cathleen (Richard) Peslak of Highland Lakes, NJ; Michael (Kathy) Freud of Amherst, NH; Richard( Eileen) Freud of Pearl River; Matthew (Nancy) Freud of Shrewsbury, MA; her grandchildren: Timmy (Lisa), Devlin, Liam, Amanda (Jesse); Alex (Bianca), Jamie, Nick, Olivia; Emily (Martin) O’Neill, Kaitlyn, Ashley and Kevin. Her Great Grandchildren Emma, Oliver and Bryce. Rita is predeceased by her Son-In-Law Stephen Shand in 2013.
A private service will be held at this time due to the Covid 19 Virus. We ask for prayers for Rita and remembrance of her Grand Spirit. Interment will be at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ.; Wyman-Fisher Funeral Home Inc. will officiate to her final resting place with Richard. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to The Joe Raso Hospice Residence, 415 Buena Vista Rd, New City, NY 10956.
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