Rita Vena

Rita M. Vena (Metallo)

Friday, July 17th, 1953 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020
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Rita M. Vena, 66, of Kenosha, passed away on Saturday, January 25th at Froedtert South, Kenosha Hospital.

She was born on July 17, 1953 in Kenosha to Raffale “Ralph” and Angeline (Perri) Metallo. She was educated in local schools.

On June 30, 1973 she married Joseph “Joe” Vena at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

Rita later became a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. She was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed watching the Brewers. She was formerly employed at Open Pantry and Sears. In her spare time, she volunteered at St. Catherine’s hospital.

Rita is survived by her husband Joe, two brothers, Frank Metallo of Kenosha, and William (Judie) Metallo of Kenosha, and a sister, Roseanne (Greg) Daniel of Roselle, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings; Ida Metallo, Primo Metallo, Peter Metallo, Ernie Metallo, Emil Metallo, and Louise Bonofiglio.

A visitation for Rita will be held on Thursday, January 30th, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 4816 7th Ave, from 8:30 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. George Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 8:30am - 10:00am
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 8:30am - 10:00am
    St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
    4816-7th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53140
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  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Elizabeth Catholic Church
    4816-7th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53140
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    Fr. Sean Granger
  • Interment

    St. George Cemetery
    2909 Sheridan Road
    KENOSHA, WI 53140
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Joanie Haberski

Posted at 11:04pm
Rita and I went to Bradford High School at the same time. Always enjoyed her. To Joe, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your brothers were always so kind to me, when you hung out with Rick, Jim, and Larry Frederking. My heartfelt condolences, Joanie Frederking Haberski

Joe Rimkus

Posted at 09:39pm
Dear Joe,
We are so sorry to hear of Rita passing. We have so many memories from the holidays over the years and always looked forward to seeing you both. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

God Bless,
Joe & Mary Rimkus

Henry Heckel

Posted at 11:09pm
My sincerest condolences to Joe Vena and all of his family. May God grant you peace, love and strength. Wishing only the best,
Henry J Heckel

Patricia Gastaldi Frieman

Posted at 08:15pm
My sincere condolences to the Vena and Metallo families. I have fond memories of growing up on 57th Street with the Metallos next door.


Posted at 07:00am
My condolences to your family. In your sorrow may there be hope, in your thoughts may there be peace, in your heart may there be be healing. Psalm 147:73 assures us "He (Jehovah God) heals the broken hearted,He binds up our wounds". May you find comfort in God's Words at this difficult time.

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