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RITCHOT: As she lived so she died. Rita Ritchot, loving wife and mother of three, passed peacefully at her home in Brandon, MB, surrounded by family on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at the age of 71. She was born June 10, 1949 in Winnipeg, MB to Eva and Adrian Leclerc, the fifth of 13 children. She grew up in St. Adolphe, MB, where she worked as a lifeguard at the local pool in the summers until transitioning to becoming a board runner for Richardson Securities for a number of years. On November 8, 1969, she married Daniel Ritchot. They raised one son, Robert and two daughters, Roxanne and Michelle. Rita was a voracious reader, had a passion for gardening and loved to bake, the latter resulting in considerable admiration, praise and certain jealousy. She ended her professional career doing what she loved at Sweet Temptations after running a home daycare business for over a decade. Rita valued family and was a welcome member of any that she was part of, both immediate and extended. A compassionate and caring person, she was generous, kind and easily approachable by anyone she encountered. These enviable characteristics contributed to the strong bonds formed within the religious community she belonged to, including but not limited to the closely knit Marriage Preparation team that her and Dan proudly volunteered for since its conception to nearly its dissolution. Rita was preceded in death by her parents Eva and Adrian, and is survived by her husband Dan, children; Robert (Kim) Ritchot, Roxanne (Jeff) Smith and Michelle (Jay) Sigurdson and grandchildren; Cody, Boston, Braeden, Madison, Kaya, Eva, Jack and Ellis. Rita was very close to and leaves behind five brothers and seven sisters; Lucille (Sim-deceased) Soucy, Alice (Jean-deceased) Gagnon, Jacqueline (Dan) Lagassé, Henriette (David) Milette, Jacques (Sherie), Diane (Ernie) Neufeld, Gilbert (Denise), Arthur (Suzanne), Gérald (Muriel), Paul, Michelle (Neal) Hastings and Suzanne (Nolan) Einarson. This year's pandemic precautions forced an end to the family's daily visits, an incredibly painful truth, softened only by the loving and compassionate caregivers at Hillcrest Place. Their commitment extended beyond all professional expectation, resulting in strong relationships that will be everlasting. Rita never struggled to make friends and that reality remained true to her final days. Due to Covid 19, a memorial service will be arranged and announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Rita's memory may be made to Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9.

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As published in Brandon Sun on Dec 02, 2020, Dec 05, 2020

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  • We are deeply saddened to hear that Rita has passed. You are all so loving and she was a driving force in that crusade. It’s so incredibly hard to lose someone who is the core to your very existence. But she is safe now in heaven and surrounded by a love like no other and will be most definitely be watching over all of you. With this note we wish to send each of you virtual hugs. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ❤️ - Posted by: Darlene and Al Twerdochlib (Family friend) on: Dec 17, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Rita. I will always remember her warm smile and how she was always pleasant and happy. My sympathies to Dan and his children and grandchilden and to all her brothers, brother in laws, sisters, sister in laws and nieces and nephews. So sorry Covid robbed you of visiting her during her last days but sounds like she had excellent care. - Posted by: Mona Joyal (Old friend from St. Agathe who use to live in St. Adolph and was friends with Rita’s beautiful sib) on: Dec 16, 2020

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Heartfelt condolences from Bob & Patti Clarkson - Posted by: Patti & Bob Clarkson (Friends ) on: Dec 07, 2020

  • Dear Dan and family. We are so very sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. She was a very special person and we enjoyed so very much Rita’s friendship and kindness during the few years we lived in Brandon. We pray that the Good Lord will take her into his arms and give her the peace and comfort that she so dearly deserves. We will also keep you Dan, Bobby, Roxanne and Michelle and families in our prayers to help you get through this difficult time. - Posted by: Gilles and Shirley Bibeau (Friends) on: Dec 06, 2020

  • We are very sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. Sending our love and prayers to all of you throughout this difficult time. - Posted by: Leo and Sue Van Den Bussche (Friend) on: Dec 03, 2020

  • Dan & Family, So sorry to hear about Rita's passing. Thinking of you and sending my deepest sympathies. Sincerely, Bonnie - Posted by: Bonnie Hoy (Used to work with Dan) on: Dec 02, 2020

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