Rita Carmichael

Obituary of Rita Carmichael

LE ROY -- Rita (Van Alst) Carmichael, age 95, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening (November 7, 2018) at Orchard Manor in Medina.

      Born on October 14, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Harry Van Alst and   Anna Bertha (Criger) Van Alst Morrison.

     Rita was preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, William George Carmichael, who passed away on July 12, 2018. Rita was a 1941 graduate of Le Roy High School. She went to work at Lapp Insulator during World War II as a result of departing soldiers created a shortage of manpower to staff the manufacturing plant. She later worked at the Le Roy Hardware for several years. Rita was a longtime Buffalo Bills fan and a faithful follower of the Syracuse Orange basketball team.

     Rita is survived by her daughters, Carol (Katie) (late Ronald) Engert and Christine (Richard Farnsworth) McQuillen; grandchildren, Rhonda (Dave) Schmeer, Rebecca (Doug) Thompson, Rachel (Rich) Lombard, Stephanie (Jamie) Call, Stephen (Mack) (Elizabeth) McQuillen and Gregory (Tina) McQuillen; twenty-one great-grandchildren and eleven great-great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her sisters, Regina (Pete) Steen and Dorothy (late Abe) Machols.  Rita was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Jane (late Fred) Grasby.

     Rita will be laid to rest, along with George, at the Western New York National Veteran’s Cemetery in Pembroke, N.Y. upon its completion.

     At Rita’s request, there will be no visitation or services. Memorials may be made to:  Rochester Hope Lodge, 1120 S. Goodman Street, Rochester, N.Y.  14620

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