Rita A. Blackstock, 87

JULY 8, 1925-AUG. 17, 2012

August 19, 2012
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Rita Blackstock, 87, of Homewood at Williamsport, Md., passed away Aug. 17, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md.

Born July 8, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Louis and Mary Menna Smargiassi.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henon “Blackie” Blackstock, in 1990.

Rita spent her adult life as a loving wife, devoted mother and homemaker.  

She was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hagerstown, and a charter member of Catholic Daughters Court Holy Family of St. Joseph.

For several years, she volunteered her time at church as a “Friday Girl,” assisting with the publication of the weekly bulletin prior to the benefit of technology.

As a result of her role as a Navy wife, Rita was a member of Ladies Auxiliary Fleet Reserve Association, Unit 182.

She is survived by three sons, Stephen Blackstock and wife, Lisa, of Mercersburg, Pa., Donald Blackstock and wife, Diane, of Hagerstown, and Kenneth Blackstock and wife, Deborah, of Dover, Pa.; and one daughter, Cynthia Blackstock of Greencastle, Pa. She took great pride in her five grandsons, Adam Blackstock, Christopher Kline, Daniel Blackstock, Zebulon Blackstock and Salem Blackstock.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Rose Smargiassi; and one sister, Lena Rucci.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 17630 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Christopher Moore as celebrant. Interment will be in Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Church, 17630 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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