Rita was born in Boston, MA, on September 1, 1940, she was the cherished only daughter of the late Martin and Bridgette (Kelley) Lundy. Rita was raised in Brighton and was a graduate of St. Columbkille High School.
Rita moved to Somerville in the early 1960’s where she lived for over 25 years and raised her family with her late husband Joseph F. Voner. Rita loved being a mother and a grandmother; family was the most important thing in her life. Rita’s devotion to her children was unwavering; she was a great caretaker, a wonderful cook, her love for them was unconditional.
Rita worked for many years at John Hancock and Partners Insurance company. When Rita became a “Grandma” the world became that much better, they were the light of her life. Rita and her family enjoyed many family celebrations, holidays where she cooked up a feast, trips to the beach and their annual trip to Salem Willows, and let’s not forget the “Friday night” card games of Rummy 500 that she looked forward to.
Rita will be fondly remembered for her great sense of humor, she loved to laugh and spread happiness to those around her. Rita was a women of great strength and faith, she battled cancer more than once, gave it her all, and in the face of adversity she always fought to come out on top never giving up; Rita was a survivor.
Rita was a giver, always doing for others, family, friend, or stranger, everyone could count on Rita. Rita was dearly loved by all who knew her, she will be greatly missed, and fondly remembered.
Rita was the devoted mother of Joseph Voner and Thomas Voner both of Wilmington, Janet Lee Voner and her husband Richard Dell’olio of North Reading, Deborah M. Collins and her husband Dan of Stoneham, loving “Grandma” of Brittney Lee Voner, Daniel and Nicole Collins, dear sister of Martin Lundy and his wife Patrice of Woburn, the late James and Thomas Lundy, sister-in-law of Patricia Lundy of Brighton and Mary Jane Lundy of Stoneham, Rita was also the beloved companion of the late Mike DeLellis and is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, July 24th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, July 23rd from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Rita’s name may be made to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center at the Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.