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Visitation

McDermott Funeral Home - Kennedy Township Location
Saturday November 20th, 2021
2:00pm - 8:00pm

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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Malachy Church
Monday November 22nd, 2021
11:00am

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Rita M. Ponticello

Age 94, formerly of Kennedy Twp., she passed on Sunday, November 14, 2021. Born on January 24th, 1927, to her parents Joseph M. and Clara M. Grogan in Sewickley, PA, Rita spent her childhood growing up in Coraopolis and Moon Township, PA. Following World War II, she married her husband George, an Air Force pilot, and began her journey traveling and living across the country in a multitude of places, raising three sons and managing the household during her husband's extended tours of duty. Shaped by the Great Depression and life as a military spouse, Rita was very independent, strong-willed, resilient, practical, frugal, wise, and most importantly, a devoted, caring and loving caretaker of her family and siblings. Never one to seek attention, she always put the needs of others above her own. She was preceded in death by her husband George R. Sr., son Gerald, and her siblings Joseph M., Regis J., Francis W., Martin T., Robert P. and Mary C. Grogan. She is survived by her sons George R., Jr., and Gregg J. Ponticello, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Friends are welcome to join family for visitation 2:00 - 8:00 PM SATURDAY, November 20, 2021 at McDermott Funeral Home, Inc., 334 Forest Grove Road, Kennedy Twp. Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00 AM MONDAY, November 22, 2021 at Archangel Gabriel Parish, St. Malachy Church. Rita will be buried alongside her husband at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Flowers are being accepted, however, if preferred, memorial contributions may be made to St. Malachy Church, 344 Forest Grove Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108.


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A candle was lit in memory of Rita Ponticello

Nasser Faaeq Nov 30 2021 8:51 PM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of wendy solomon. Group of 1 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Rita M. Ponticello.

wendy solomon Nov 29 2021 2:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rita Ponticello

Sara Pelikan-Cato Nov 28 2021 5:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rita Ponticello

Colinette Eilers Nov 23 2021 6:48 AM

George and Gregg, I'm so sorry for your loss. Just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of both of you. Your mom was such a warm and lovely person. When I think of Aunt Rita, I always see her beautiful, smiling eyes.
Peace and Love, Mark

Mark Grogan Nov 21 2021 10:59 AM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Elena DelGreco. Group of 10 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Rita M. Ponticello.

Elena DelGreco Nov 20 2021 2:02 PM

George - our most heartfelt and deepest sympathies. Your mother could not have asked for a better son. You, your brother and entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob, Barb, Rob and Corbin Blosat Nov 20 2021 10:46 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rita Ponticello

Gretchen Young Nov 19 2021 11:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Rita Ponticello

Mariela Guilarte & Dean Clothier Nov 19 2021 7:33 PM

Sympathy Gift courtesy of Suzanne Miller. Group of 10 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Rita M. Ponticello.

Suzanne Miller Nov 19 2021 5:23 PM

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