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Rhita O. MEUNIER
Père : MEUNIER
Décès le : 2004-06-19
Parution : 2004-06-22
Paru dans : Edmonton Journal, AB

YUHASZ, Rhita O. (Meunier) Rhita Yuhasz, beloved mother of Raymond and Ramona, and daughter of Roland Meunier passed away at the University of Alberta Hospital on June 19, 2004 after a short illness. She leaves to mourn her son, Raymond Yuhasz of San Diego, California; her daughter, Ramona Gaerin and husband Tyler of San Diego; her mother, Mrs. Rolande Lamare Meunier of Red Deer; her beloved aunt, Mrs. Lorette Champagne of Morinville; her sister-in-law, Mrs. Kathleen Kovacs of Red Deer; her brother-in-law, Mr. Floyd Bernard of Winnipeg and two nephews, Dr. Mark Kovacs of Vancouver and Alexander Bernard of Winnipeg. She was predeceased by her husband, John A. Yuhasz in 1971; her sister, Lynne Bernard and nephew, Nicolas in 1990, and her father, Raymond Meunier in 2003. Rhita was born and raised on the farm in Morinville and attended Notre Dame Convent from which she graduated in 1953. She then went on to attend McTavish Business School in Edmonton. In 1955, she met and married John A. Yuhasz of Warburg. They went on to make their home in Red Deer. She went to work for Michener Centre in the accounting department for the next several years while being involved in the Yuhasz/Kovacs ownership of the old Windsor Hotel. Following the death of her husband in 1971, Rhita became employed by the Red Deer Catholic School Board System, where she assisted many principals over the years. One of her greatest joys was seeing all "her kids" grow up, and she loved running into them as adults. She touched many of their lives deeply. She then spent 13 years with Alberta Transportation until her retirement in 1993. Most recently she greatly enjoyed her work with Lenscrafters, which let her encounter and help the many hundreds of people she knew in the central Alberta area. Rhita was a phenomenal single parent and an early pioneer of Single Parent Groups in Red Deer, back in the time when it was not as widely accepted as it is now. She always did the job of two parents and it hurt her deeply when people implied that the family unit needed 2 parents or was not complete. She proved herself by raising 2 small children to adults on her own without much means, and for that she was extremely proud. She loved her two children beyond belief and made them the center of her life. She enjoyed traveling to San Diego for frequent visits where her children enjoyed spoiling her. On her most recent trip for her daughter's wedding, the mother of the bride was simply radiant. Rhita had a life long love of music, was a gifted singer and wonderful alto in many choirs throughout her life. In recent years she was a member of the Tony Connelly Singers and took great joy in singing at events and tirelessly performing at nursing homes in central Alberta. Her handclasp had a feeling of sincere friendship and her infectious smile was contagious. She was always there when needed and never said "No" to a friend. Rhita wrote her name in kindness, love and mercy on the hearts of the hundreds she came in contact with over the years. Her name and deeds will be forever legible in the hearts she leaves behind. Funeral Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5508 - 48A Avenue, Red Deer on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. with the Reverend Don Stein officiating. Rhita loved flowers, those who wish to send a floral tribute may direct them to Sacred Heart Catholic Church prior to the Funeral Mass. Sympathies can be forwarded to the family at www.parklandfuneralhome.com In living memory of Mrs. Rhita Yuhasz, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park. Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 - 67A Street, Red Deer, AB T4P 3V9. Telephone 1-800-481-7421

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