Rita Marie Guertin Schara, 89, of Lexington, Ky., passed away June 7, 2019, in Lexington.

She was born Dec. 23, 1929, in Manteno, the daughter of Leo Joseph and Mary Loretta Tulley Guertin, the eldest of four children.

Rita graduated from Our Lady Academy, Manteno, and the University of St. Francis, Joliet, with a B.S. in chemistry and biology. She had worked in research for General Foods Corporation in Kankakee for six years. There she met Robert Ernest Schara. They were married Oct. 16, 1954, at St. Joseph Church, Manteno.

She gave birth to four children, Michele Schara (Randall Mehrberg), of Chicago, Mark, of Washington, D.C., Marianne Hanley (Philip Hanley), of Evansville, Ind., and Kristen Schara (David Kulik), of Hurley, N.Y.

Robert was transferred to Battle Creek, Mich., and Rita returned to Western Michigan University to receive an M.S.L. degree with an emphasis on scientific research information. She also completed post graduate courses at Fairfield University and Rutgers University. Rita worked at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek.

When Robert was transferred to Tarrytown, N.Y., they moved to Norwalk, Conn., where she was employed by the Stratford Public Library in Stratford, Conn., and then Norwalk State Technical College Library, from where she retired from working in library service. They lived in Princeton, N.J., until 1988, then they moved to Lexington.

In addition to her husband, Robert; and four children; surviving are six grandchildren, Andrew Brooks, Dillon, Samuel and Eric Mehrberg, and Laura and Owen Kulik.

Preceding her in death were her sister, Mary Lucilla Reick, of Rockwall, Texas; brothers, Francis and James Guertin, of Manteno; and two grandsons.

The family said they “would like to thank Visiting Angels and Bluegrass Care Navigators for their excellent care and kindness.”

Rita was a member of the Cathedral of Christ the King, in Lexington.

The funeral Mass took place June 13 at Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington. A reception followed in Hehman Hall. After the reception, the burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Lexington.

Memorials may be made to the Cathedral of Christ the King, Lexington.

Please sign her online guestbook at milwardfuneral.com.

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