Rita M. Reznicek

Rita M. Reznicek

March 13, 1930 - March 26, 2014

Rita M. Reznicek

March 13, 1930 - March 26, 2014


Rita Marie Reznicek – born Rita Marie Turpin on March 13, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska, Rita passed away peacefully on March 26, 2014 at the age of 84, after a 9 year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. She married the love of her life, Mel Reznicek, in 1949, and their enduring love has served as an inspiration for 64 wonderful years. Rita is survived by 4 sons, Dan, Dave, Doug, and Don. In passing, Rita is now reunited with her loving daughter, Kathy, who less than two years ago succumbed to cancer at a far too young age. She is preceded in death also by her father Arthur, mother Louise, and sisters Margaret and Maureen.

Rita will be remembered by many as a woman with fierce loyalty and unwavering love for those around her. Together, Mel and Rita faced every challenge life had to offer, and truly thrived as a young couple moving from Omaha to Southern California in 1959. She dedicated her life to her husband and children, and was the ideal mother who managed the house with an amazing combination of love and compassion.

In addition to her passion for family, she also enjoyed bowling, cruises, cooking, bingo, dancing, and later in life, developed a fondness for golfing with Mel. She will always be remembered for having a wonderful sense of humor! She loved music and was a gifted singer. Rita overcame the challenge of foster care as a very young child, and as a result, will always be remembered as a woman of character and composure. She was a wife who understood how to support her husband’s effort to build a better life for his family. She also was a mother who modeled honesty, hard work and integrity, a mother-in-law who opened her arms and heart as our family expanded, as an aunt to any family member who needed help, and as a Grammy who shared the fruits of her labor by showering her family with the material gifts she never had as a little girl. Rita gave. She gave of herself to those she loved. She gave with all the emotional, physical and spiritual strength she could muster. She gave every day, and she exhibited remarkable strength until the final moments when the Lord took her to Heaven. Rita is an inspiration of love, generosity and family. We will always have her in our hearts and prayers!

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10 responses to Rita M. Reznicek

  1. I love Rita. The first time I met her I saw so much of my wife in her. Trying to figure out how the house was run did not take long. If I tried to do the dishes or if my wife wanted to cook that would not happen. Things had to be just right, or I should say just Rita. She had a certain way of doing things. Oh how the genes run deep. Mel and Rita were like my in-laws. The people my wife could not be prouder of. I love them both and I love them for loving my wife as a daughter. I will miss you.
    Love Steven

  2. Reznicek Family,
    I was fortunate to have known Rita through her beautiful daughter Kathy. Rita was funny, loving and so kind. She was an inspiration as a wife and mother. I know the loss of Rita is huge for your entire family, especially Mel. I will keep you all in my prayers that you may have peace. I bet Kathy was waiting to greet her Mom as she entered heaven.
    Toni DuHadway

  3. To Mel and family: David and I have so many wonderful memories of spending time with Mel & Rita both here in AZ and CA over these years. The golfing, the card games, laughter and talking about family which she treasured so much. Always loved how she would say, “Kid, we have so much fun don’t we?”…….the “Kid” was so special. Now we feel that she and Kathy are both shining stars up above watching over us and probably singing too. She will be missed by so many, but in Gods arms now. Our love to all.

    David & Ruth Melena

  4. You are my love…? My Rita always told me that I was as lucky as she because I married a good man as she had…

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