Rita M. Seybert, 95, of Sugarcreek Twp., died May 14, 2022 at her home.
Born March 13, 1927, in East Brady, she was the daughter of Mark C. and Anna R. (Miller) Smith.
On November 10, 1947, Rita married Ronald A. Seybert. He preceded her in death on February 8, 1998.
Rita once worked for the US Postal Service in East Brady and was the Co-owner and Manager of Seybert’s Garage in Brady’s Bend for over 45 years.
A devoted member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Rita was the church organist for 25 years. She participated in the Altar Rosary Society, Parish Council, and taught CCD. She served on the Sugarcreek Township Election Board. At heart, Rita was an artist. In addition to raising 15 children, she created many beautiful works of art through music, knitting, sewing, painting, and quilting. She was the founder of River’s Bend Quilters Club. Her quilts were featured in numerous quilt shows across Western PA. She was an accomplished, award-winning quilter. Yet none of these accomplishments defined the whole of who she was. Her love for and faith in her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ is her crowning glory.
Rita is survived by eight daughters, Katherine (Ted) Miller of Cowansville, PA; Susan Schneider of Venetia, PA; Martha (John) Wolff of Farragut, TN; Anna (John) Sallade of Wyomissing, PA; Rita (Bill) Davis of Austin, TX; Jane Seybert DiGiammarino of Rimersburg, PA; Amy (Jon) Herman of Titusville, PA; and Tricia (Devin) Winklosky of Gibsonia, PA. She is also survived by six sons, Andrew (Karen) Seybert of Sugarcreek Twp.; Thomas (Christine) Seybert of Dallas, PA; Joseph Seybert of Bridgeport, WV; John (Mary Anne) Seybert of Cowansville, PA; Ronald (Jill) Seybert of State College, PA; James (Kathi) Seybert of Charlotte, NC.
Rita is also survived by one sister, Doris Anne Smith Montore; one son-in-law, Morris (Beanie) Shay; 47 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Mary Anne Shay; two brothers, Charles Smith and Norton Smith; and one sister, Helen Smith Greer.
Friends of Mrs. Rita M. Seybert will be received from 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at Buechele Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 707 Kelly’s Way, East Brady, PA 16028.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Brady’s Bend with Rev. Daniel Mahoney and Rev. Victor Baguna concelebrating.
Burial will follow in St. Eusebius Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Rita’s name to Life Choices at www.yourlifechoicesinfo.com.
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