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She was born in Tennessee in 1927.
Rita was a loving mother and wife. She was married for 52 years to John Zalar of Shamokin, who preceded her in death in 2004.
Her favorite past time was being in her yard gardening, landscaping and enjoying the sun.Rita was a kind hearted and giving woman. She will be missed by all that knew her.
Rita is survived by two loving sons, Robert Bongiorno, of Florida, and Donnie Zalar, of Sunbury; her beloved sister, Aretta Handa, of Ohio; a niece, Sheila Hastings, of Ohio; a nephew, Daniel Handa, of Ohio; and many others.
Funeral services and burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
As an expression of sympathy, the family requests memorial contributions in Rita's memory be made to Golden Living Center-Mansion, Market Street, Sunbury, PA 17801.
Arrangements are entrusted to James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township.
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