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Rita J. Muzina

With her loving family by her side, Rita Joyce (Gardner) Muzina, 82, of Gillespie, Fayette City, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at her home. Born Sept. 22, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Goldie (Burns) Gardner. Rita is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Steve "Pap"; five children, Sharyn (Roy) Giovannelli of Perryopolis, Steve (Rebecca) Muzina of Jeannette, Roger (Denise) Muzina of Fayette City, Pamela (Gary) Fitzwater of Flemington, WV, and Philip (Barbara) Muzina of Perryopolis; grandchildren, Jason (Rebecca) Giovannelli, Jennifer (Charles) Ferrell, Janel Giovannelli and Sean Bower, Sheryl Muzina, Steve (Shane) Muzina, Jonathan (Dawn) Muzina, Jeremy (Jill) Sellew, Roger Zane Muzina, Adam Moody, Carissa Moody, Gabrielle Muzina and Logan Muzina; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger (Carol) Gardner of Maricopa, AZ; sister-in-law, Doris Gardner; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Gardner of Taylor, MI. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Melenyzer-DuBarr Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc., 1008 Furlong Ave., Roscoe. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the Perryopolis United Methodist Church with Pastor Carole Bergman presiding. Interment will follow in the Mt. Washington Cemetery in Perryopolis. Those attending the funeral service are asked to go directly to the church.


To the entire family, Deepest sympathies during your time of great loss. I don't have to tell you what a wonderful person Rita was. She left many great memories for many, including me. She will be missed by everyone who knew her. God Bless and may she rest in peace.

Cheryl Stewart Popovec Aug 26 2013 12:00 AM