Rita (Raiola) Ward, 88, of Ulster Gardens Court, Town of Ulster, passed away while in the comforting presence of her family on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at HealthAlliance Hospital, Broadway Campus.
She was born in Middletown, NY on March 31st, 1930, a daughter of the late Thomas A. and Emma (Caskey) Raiola.
She was the wife of William F. Ward, who died Dec. 16, 2002.
Rita was a Union Business Agent for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America AFL-CIO for over 17 years, and also worked in the City of Kingston Human Rights Office in 1975.
She is survived by two sons, Lionel T. Heddy, and his wife Vangie, of Naples, FL, and Endel Ward, and his wife Sally, of Lake Katrine, daughter June Leibowits, two grandchildren, Jacqueline Luciano and Colin Ward, and three great-grandchildren, Sydney, Sierra and Spencer Luciano.
In addition to her husband William, she is also predeceased by a grandson, Kris Heddy, three brothers, Ronald, Raymond and Charles, and two sisters, Mary Louise Evans and Thelma Depew,
The family has entrusted the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, Town of Esopus, with the care and cremation service arrangements for Rita.
Cremation at Wiltwyck Crematory. A graveside service, followed by inurnment of both Rita and her late husband Bill, will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, November 2, 2018 at St. Peters Cemetery, Kingston.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Rita and Bill's memory to: Joyce-Schirick VFW Post 1386, PO Box 1711, Kingston, NY 12402.