Rita Rinelli

Rita Rinelli

Saturday, November 7th, 1942 - Friday, June 21st, 2019
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Rita Rinelli, 76 years old, a lifelong Kenosha resident, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019 at Froedtert South-Kenosha Medical Center.

Rita was born in Chicago, IL on November 7, 1942, the daughter of the late Alfred S. and Ann R. (Justiliano) Rinelli, and granddaughter of the late Sebastian and Rita Rinelli and Giacomo and Maria Justiliano.

Rita was a member of the St. Therese Catholic Church Choir in 1971, and from 1972-1979, she was a member of the choir at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. She instructed dance at Fred Astair Dance Studios in Madison, WI and worked at Rennebohm Drug Store in Madison. She was also a member of the Kenosha Car Club, and enjoyed attending classic car meets, where she often rode along. Rita volunteered as a reader with the Gateway EARS Program and was a member of the Carthage Community Chorus.

She worked at the Dayton Hotel from 1979-1980 and later, worked as a cashier at the Roosevelt Theater in its last year of operation, 1984. She participated with the Lakeside Players, in “The Man Who Came to Diner”, and acted in the Gateway Technical College radio-dramatic program in 1982. She will be fondly remembered for her participation in local community theater, her love of country drives and her love for her beloved Chihuahua, PeeWee.

“Life and Death Are One, even as the river and sea are one
In the depth of your hopes and desires lies the silent knowledge of the beyond, And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow, your heart dreams of spring, Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity” Kahlil Gibran

Survivors include her sisters, Paula Rinelli of Madison, WI and Linda Rinelli of Denver, CO; immediate cousins Marie, Myra, Cara, Bill and Brian, and the late Rita Reginato and Leonore Brown.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Kenosha. Interment of her ashes will be private in St. George Cemetery, Kenosha at a later date.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
    4816-7th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53140
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Hugh and Gretch

Posted at 09:16pm
We will never forget Rita. We always looked forward to seeing her and the good times we had with her. She shot from the hip with sincerity, honesty and outspokenness. It was such a pleasure to know her. We will always miss her.

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