Rita C. Gardner 89 of Weirton passed away Saturday, September 23, 2006 at her residence. She was born November 30, 1916 in Carnegie, PA the daughter of the late John and Mary Laffey Connell. Her husband Dwight Gardner, two brothers and six sisters also preceded her in death. Rita was a homemaker, a member of St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, the Christian Mothers, the Catholic Daughters, the Mum Twig at the Weirton Medical Center, St Jude’s Guild and the Women of the Moose #746. Rita is survived by her son David L. Gardner of Weirton; daughters Linda L. (Donald) Walter of Weirton; and Marlene (Frank) LePera of Canton, OH; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 26, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St, Weirton, where a vigil service will be held Tuesday evening at 7:30PM in the funeral home. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be Wednesday, 12:30PM at St Joseph the Worker Church, Weirton. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton. Memorial contributions can be made to the St Joseph's the Worker Church Memorial Fund, 229 California Ave, Weirton, WV 26062 Share tributes with her family at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. Linda, I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. It was nice to see you when I was visiting in Weirton. My deepest sympathy to you & your family. Your mom was a really nice person. God Bless, Dolores (Talamonti) Manack

  2. Linda and Bucky Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Your Mom enjoyed her life and always had a smile for everyone. God bless you in this time of sorrow.

  3. Mr. and Mrs. Walter, Nancy,and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember visiting your Grandmother with you, Nancy! She was always so sweet. God bless you in this difficult time. Love, Gilda

  4. Your mother was such a part of my life growing up.The “Judie” girls taught me what strong faith,love of family, and true friendship are all about. I looked so foward to when the girls came to play cards at my house,I felt so grown up being a part of their evenings.All of the silly hats, the gag gifts on birthdays,and the heartfelt love and laughter that they shared on those nights and all of the good times but also the way they all stood together in all of the not so pleasant times.Your mother was such a part of all of that. The Ya Ya Sisterhood had nothing on them.I think our mothers’ story would have made a much better movie. Thank you for sharing her with my family. They don’t make women like that much anymore.Know that your mother is in the arms of all of the Judie girls that have gone before her,her family and in the glow of the Lord she loved so much. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.Mary K ( Eleanor’s daughter)

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