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Rita Angela Bernard

October 29, 1934 March 28, 2017
Rita Angela Bernard
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Obituary for Rita Angela Bernard

Rita Angela Rais, a longtime resident of Highland, passed away peacefully on March 28th, 2017 at her home.

Rita was born October 29, 1934 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Henry and Angela (Kanclerz) Rais. Raised in Dearborn, MI, Rita graduated from St. Alphonsus Catholic School in 1952. At different times in her life, she was employed in insurance, mortgage, and the reality fields.

On September 13, 1958, she married Gerald F. ("Jerry") Bernard in Dearborn, MI. The couple resided in Southfield, Rochester Hills and Highland, MI.

Rita cherished her husband and family and was devoted to her Catholic faith. She was a parishioner of St. Bede Catholic Church in Southfield and recently, St. Mary Catholic Church in Milford. She was very proud of her Polish heritage as well. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and sewing, looked forward to their yearly winter vacations to Orange Beach, Alabama and especially loved getting together with family and friends.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Jerry. Children: Cheryl (John) Follick, Philip Bernard, Jeffrey (Lisa) Bernard, and Laura (Todd) Taliaferro. Grandchildren: Christopher Follick and fiancee Rose Deren, Matthew Follick, Troy, Ciara, and Alexis Taliaferro. Sister, Lillian Jabbour; brother, Thomas (Kathy) Rais and Sister-in-law, Monica Rais. Plus a host of extended family and friends

Rita was preceded in death by her baby daughter, Michele Bernard; Brother, Richard Rais; and Brother-in-law, George Jabbour.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Henry Ford Allegiance Health Hospice & Palliative Care Team for the excellent care they provided to Rita and their support of the family during this difficult time.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 East Liberty St., Milford, on Sunday, April 2nd from 2-8 PM, with a Rosary at 7 PM.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 1955 East Commerce St., Milford, on Monday at 11 AM, with the Rev. Msgr. John Budde officiating. Gathering will begin at church at 10:30 AM. Memorials may be made in her name to a charity of one's choice.

For further information please phone 248-684-6645

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2:00 PM 4/2/2017 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4/2/2017 8:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Rosary will take place at 7:00 PM

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States





11:00 AM 4/3/2017 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4/3/2017 12:00:00 PM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

Gathering to begin at 10:30 AM

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States

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