OBITUARY

Rita Diane Cornaggia

July 15, 1947March 8, 2021
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Rita Diane Cornaggia, age 73, of Chowchilla, California passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021. A devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend, Rita was born July 15, 1947 in Helena, Montana to James and Martha Williams.

She was born and raised in Helena, MT graduating Helena High school in 1965. Rita attended Montana State briefly before moving to California. She married Pete Cornaggia, Jr. in 1969 and has since been a resident of Chowchilla.

Rita worked for the city of Chowchilla as an Administrative Secretary from 1978 to 1981, then moved on to work for PG&E for 30 years retiring in 2012.

She was a charter member of the Chowchilla Lioness/Lions club where she held every office. She had 40 years of perfect attendance and she was named Lioness of the year multiple times. Rita was also a sitting board member of the Chowchilla Spring Festival. She joined the board in 1989 and was in charge of the Queen candidates and the Coronation. She was also a member of Branch 18 of the Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association with her husband and family.

Rita is survived by sons Peter Cornaggia (Dana), Gary Cornaggia (Julie), daughter Stacey Cornaggia Miller; grandchildren Cristen Cornaggia, Kyle Cornaggia, Morgan Miller, Riley Alves, as well as four nieces and nephews in Helena, Montana, and cousins in Sweden and Canada.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband Peter Joseph Cornaggia, Jr., parents James and Martha Williams, sister Sylvia Madden, and her brother Eugene.

A viewing will be held at Palm Memorial Worden Chapel on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 3pm to 7pm. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11am at Chowchilla Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Please make donations to the Chowchilla Lioness/ Lions club, P.O. Box 313, Chowchilla, California 93610, so that Rita's love of community will continue.

  • FAMILY

  • Peter Cornaggia (Dana), Son
  • Gary Cornaggia (Julie), Son
  • Stacey Cornaggia Miller, Daughter
  • Cristen Cornaggia, Grandchild
  • Kyle Cornaggia, Grandchild
  • Morgan Miller, Grandchild
  • Riley Alves, Grandchild
  • Peter Cornaggia, Jr., Husband (deceased)
  • James Williams, Father (deceased)
  • Martha Williams, Mother (deceased)
  • Sylvia Madden, Sister (deceased)
  • Eugene Williams, Brother (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steve Massaro, Pallbearer
  • Jimmy Carr, Pallbearer
  • Tim Curutchet, Pallbearer
  • Elio Alves, Pallbearer
  • Brent Tatom, Pallbearer
  • Kevin Pettitt, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Memories

Rita Diane Cornaggia

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Shirley Medeiros

March 17, 2021

Rita I will always remember you. As fun loving and energetic person. You was always willing to help. If you had time. I enjoyed being in Lions Club & events you put on. You will be greatly
missed!. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family.
Love Rick & Shirley Medeiros

Holly Pence

March 13, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Rita's passing . My prayers go out to all of the family. 😪💔

Ed, Teddy, and Drew Moline

March 12, 2021

Rita was my long, tall, fun American first cousin. I saw more of her in our early years when we were just a short hop across the border from Saskatchewan to Montana. We shared many, many years of fond memories, and warm humour filled encounters in person, and more recently over the phone. We will miss her.
With our deepest love and sympathy to the Cornaggia family,

Ed, Teddy, and Drew Moline
Sherwood Park, Alberta

Cynthia Kobzeff

March 9, 2021

She will always be remembered for being a strong family and community member loved by all. She would tell it like it is and because of it, well respected for her words. I will remember her for being the kind person she will always be through her family. Thank you for all the community activities and will be in my thoughts of a long time participant at the Chowchilla Spring Fair Deep Pit BBQ. Prayers of peace and healing.

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