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November 22, 2013

Rita Mae George

CONNEAUT LAKE — Rita Mae George, 96, of Conneaut Lake passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 16, 1917, in Sharon, a daughter of John and Emma Fromm Cook. She married James Melville George on Nov. 19, 1941, and he preceded her in death March 24, 1993.

Rita worked as a bookkeeper at Specialty Supply Company, Conneaut Lake, for 21 years, the company that her husband co-founded in 1947. She was a member of the 55-plus Club, including chairwoman for 26 years, member of Conneaut Lake Park Volunteer Fire Department Station 5, Conneaut Lake Volunteer Fire Department Station 3, and Vernon Grange. She enjoyed gardening, canning and babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rita was a member of Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, Conneaut Lake, where she had been the oldest living founding member and was a member of its Altar Rosary Society.

Survivors include a son, John George and his wife, Darlene, of Linesville; two daughters, Joyce Trzesniowski and her friend, Bill Hilton, of Conneaut Lake, and Janet Briggs and her husband, Larry, of Conneaut Lake; four grandchildren, David George, Michelle George, Justin Pease and Jeffery George; six great-grandchildren, Steven, Brandon, Rachel, Crystal, Skylar and Harry; two great-great-grandchildren, Brady and Preston; a sister, Cecelia Alter of Sharpsville; a sister-in-law, Betty Cook of Arizona; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Stephaney; two brothers, George and James Cook; and two sisters, Barbara Gibbs and Veronica Koch.

Calling hours will be Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Waid-Coleman Funeral Home, 12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake, with a scripture prayer service at 5:45 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, 155 S. Ninth St., Conneaut Lake, with Father Jeffrey Lucas as celebrant.

Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, P.O. Box 110, Conneaut Lake, Pa. 16316; or Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.

Share your memories and condolences at waidcolemanfh.com.

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