Rita Mary Lopus (ne Dahlkemper) died surrounded by her family on May 30, 2017 at her home of the last several years in Tallmadge, OH. The red of her immaculate nail polish matched the beads of the rosary she held. Rita was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was 92 years old.
Rita was born on September 12, 1924 in Erie, PA to Joseph S. and Fern Dahlkemper. She graduated from Academy High School in 1942. Rita is survived by her children, Mary Beth and Mark Van Winkle of Tallmadge, OH; William J. and Nancy Lopus of Midlothian, VA; and Thomas A. and Donna Lopus of Wexford, PA; and daughter-in-law Marla Lopus of Conneautville, PA; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. Her sister Eleanor Lindenberger of Erie, PA; and her brothers Joseph B. (Nancy) Dahlkemper of Marco Island, FL, and David Dahlkemper of Erie, PA; and sister-in-law Frances J. Lopus of Naples, FL; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph T. Lopus; her son, Timothy J. Lopus; her brothers Gerald A. Dahlkemper and John F. Dahlkemper, and her sister, Doris Ann Kraus.
For 58 years Rita has been a member of Saint Bernadette parish in Saegertown, PA where she had long tenures as president of the Altar Rosary Society. She was an active volunteer for the Meadville Medical Center Auxiliary for 43 years. Rita's strong Catholic faith and devotion to praying the Rosary daily have been foundational in the lives of her family and friends. Rita moved to Tallmadge, OH in 2013, where she quickly made herself part of the community, volunteering for Our Lady of Victory, Catholic church and sharing her infamous cookies. The family wishes to thank Rita's, Private-duty caregivers, Visiting Angels staff, and Summa at Home, Hospice staff for their exceptional care.
Family will welcome friends on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM with a Memorial Mass following at 11:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church 73 North Ave. Tallmadge ,OH 44278. Rev. Michael Matusz, Pastor, presiding. Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Tallmadge, OH.
(Mizner Funeral Home 814-724-2345 TE 6-11-17)