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Rita (Schielka) Girdzis

June 24, 1930 ~ June 18, 2021 (age 90)



On Friday, June 18, 2021, Rita (Schielka) Girdzis of Milford, left this world peacefully after a short illness. She was the beloved wife for 62 years of the late John Girdzis; devoted mother of Paul (Adrienne), Tim (Lynne), Amy (Billy) and Tom (Susan); adored grandmother of Matt (Joline), Dan, Sam, Gretchen and Jonathan and great grandmother of Blake; cherished aunt to many nieces and nephews; and a dear Godmother. She is predeceased in death by her parents, Albina and Joseph Schielka, sisters Grace Grandel and Patricia Masino and brother John Schielka. A graduate of Indiana University, Rita began her career as a Medical Technologist at Waterbury Hospital, followed by other local hospitals, leading to many years at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Rita was a member of the Spade and Hoe Garden Club and volunteered with the Milford Red Cross and CT Hospice. She enjoyed bridge, skiing, bicycling and travel. She will be dearly missed by her cherished family and dear friends. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Christ the Redeemer Church, 325 Oronoque Road, Milford on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rita’s memory to Connecticut Hospice Home Care in Shelton.

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Mass of Christian Burial
June 23, 2021

10:30 AM
Christ the Redeemer Church
325 Oronoque Rd
Milford , CT 06460

Graveside Service
June 23, 2021

12:30 PM
2324 E Main St
Waterbury, CT 06705

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