SOUTHPORT — Rita Marie Mangie Scheetz, 88, peacefully passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021, at Novant Brunswick Medical Center.
Rita was born May 20, 1932, in Youngstown, the eldest child and only daughter of the late James and Helene Mangie. She was a graduate of Chaney High School.
Rita’s primary goal in life was to raise her six children. She graduated as a registered nurse from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She was an instructor of nursing at the school and also worked in several nursing positions. Her last position was as the director of nursing for over 25 years at Maplecrest Nursing Home in Struthers, Ohio.
Richard and Rita decided to retire in Southport, where Rita volunteered at Dosher Memorial Hospital for over 8 years, where she worked as a “Dosher Volunteer.” She felt that she wanted to be near those that needed help.
She was married to Richard E. Scheetz Sr. for over 54 years. Richard passed peacefully on June 12, 2012. Rita passed on Richard’s birthday.
Rita was known for a happy smile, being devoted to her family, and her willingness to always help others.
Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents, James and Helene; and son, Peter.
She is survived by her children, Richard (Cindy) Scheetz of Dublin, Ohio, Charles Scheetz of North Lima, Ohio, Kurt (Kathy) Scheetz of Southport, Karl (Alba) Scheetz of Canfield, Ohio, and Laura Scheetz Michelakis of Southport; bothers, James (Evelyn) Mangie of Sarasota, Florida, and Ronald (Davene) Mangie of Canfield, Ohio; and 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in the Youngstown area at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422.
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