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Rita M. Blastick
March 6, 1941 ~ September 1, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Rita M. Blastick, aged 82 years of Missouri City, TX and formerly of Whiting, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2023, a resident of The Avenues of Fort Bend Assisted Living Center in Missouri City. She was the daughter of Al and Victoria (Stanish) Blastick and was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Blastick. She is survived by her cousin, Lorraine Homco, and second cousins, Karen Crinion and Leta O'Connor (also her goddaughter.) Rita's last year was difficult in her fight with pancreatic cancer, but she had the support of Karen Crinion, and her neighbor and dear friend, Marie Moore. Both visited her often, Marie almost daily and brought Rita wonderful foods that she enjoyed to the very end of her life. She received last rites by Father John Cahoon of St. Angela Merici Church.
Rita planned her own funeral arrangements, requesting a graveside service at Holy Cross Cemetery, City, IL, where she will rest on top of her parents' graves. Father Charles Niblick will officiate at the cemetery service on Thursday, September 21, 2023, 1:30 PM. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery entrance at that time and process to the burial site. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th Street, Whiting, IN. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com. (219) 659-4400.
Rita was born on March 6, 1941. Except for the past dozen years, she was a lifetime resident of Whiting and worked as a Medical Technologist in various hospitals and as a Chemist at Amoco Oil (BP) with 25 years service. She attended St. Mary of the Woods College earning a Bachelor Degree and Notre Dame earning two Masters Degrees. Her expertise was in biology and chemistry. She was a strong, independent woman who successfully carved her path through life. If anyone wants to commemorate Rita, they should do so in their own way to a charity of their choice.