MASSENA -- Rita L. Richer, of Roosevelt Road passed late Saturday evening at her home under the care of her loving family and hospice. The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to the care and direction of the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, June15, 2018 at Sacred Heart Church with Fr. Tojo officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.
Family and friends are welcome to call the Phillips Memorial Home, on Thursday afternoon (June 14, 2018) from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Rita was born on September 6, 1922 in Dickinson, NY to the late Myrle and Bertha (Rouselle) Guyette.
She attended Massena Schools, graduated from Massena High School and later attended Central City Business School in Schenectady, NY
She began her career at General Electric in Schenectady in the drafting department. She later worked for a short time with the highway department in Massena, and as a secretary at ALCOA.
Rita married Raymond J. Richer on September 29, 1951 at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Massena. The mass was officiated by the late Rev. Msgr. Robert Lawler.
In the early 1960’s Rita and Ray purchased a dairy farm, which kept them very busy as they raised their family. Rita was well known for her strong work ethic. In addition to the dairy farm, she also had over 2000 chickens and supplied eggs to many businesses, restaurants, and the hospital in Massena. It was through her egg business, that Rita became known to many around town as the “Egg Lady”.
In 1968, Rita began working as a free-lance court reporter and stenographer serving many courts around St. Lawrence County, including the Town and Village of Massena. Rita retired in 2013 at the age of 90, after a 45-year career as a stenographer.
Rita was a green thumb that would keep busy with growing just about anything in her vegetable and flower gardens. She also enjoyed horse races, especially Saratoga, and attending flea markets. She was a frequent visitor to the Casino. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving children, a son Raymond M. Richer of Massena, and a daughter Rhonda Poupore of Massena. She also survived by her grandchildren Joshua (Patricia) of Scotia, NY, and Jarred (Natalie) Poupore, and great-grandchildren, Coy and Anthony Poupore of Clemmons, NC. She was predeceased by her husband Raymond J. in 2000, her brothers Raleigh and Paul Guyette and sister Pauline Freego along with and her son in-law Anthony Poupore in 2013.
Memorial contributions may be shared with Hospice and Palliative Care Of St. Lawrence Valley and Massena Rescue Squad.
Arrangements are under the care of Phillips Memorial Home in Massena.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.PhillipsMemorial.com