Kaul Funeral Home


Rita May Shendel

August 1, 1934October 14, 2020

Rita May Shendel, age 86, passed away on October 14, 2020. Born to John and Anna (Jarzenkowski) Shendel on August 1st of 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from the Univeristy of Detroit, Wayne State, and St. John College of Cleveland, Ohio, Rita taught for 49 years as a teacher. She started in her home state of Ohio, but carried out most of her teaching years in the Detroit Public School System. She also served as a consultant for Detroit Public Schools for 3 years after her retirement. She was often referred to as by the children as their “school mama”.

Rita also had a love for animals; especially dogs. She also volunteered at MTB for 10 years after her retirement from teaching. As well as volunteering at Bonsecours Homeless Coalition and Martha T. Berry with her registered therapy dog Mollie.

Rita was proud of her Polish heritage and had a passion for nature, science, computers, reading, classical music, camping with her brother and family; especially her 1st grade classroom children and helping those in need.

Rita is preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Schendel; her brother, George; sister-in-law Sophie; nephew, Martin; and many other loving members from the Jarzenkowski and Shendel families. She is survived by her great-niece, Julie and great-nephew, Gregory; good friend, Susan; and many other loving Jarzenkowski and Shendel cousins, friends, family members, as well as the hundreds of children to whom she gave the gift of literacy.

Arrangements will be handled by Kaul Funeral Home in Clinton Township, Michigan. A memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Rita's honor to the Michigan Humane Society.


7 November

Memorial Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Kaul Funeral Home

35201 Garfield Rd
Clinton Township, MI 48035

7 November

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kaul Funeral Home

35201 Garfield Rd
Clinton Township, MI 48035


Rita May Shendel

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October 21, 2020

Mrs. Rita,

So sad to hear of your passing. I will miss our phone calls on Fridays and you begging me to come have lunch or to allow you to take the ladies to lunch.
Our longest standing client, one of the originals, Grandmother of Final Touch Housekeeping...this just tickled you when we discussed this. You will be missed by us all.
Rest now, I am glad I was given the opportunity to get to know you!

Nancy D'Angelo

October 19, 2020

Dear Rita, in the short time we have known each other you have given me much more than you know. Your friendship has been so special to me. I will miss your friendly smile and our lunches together (peanut butter and jelly) was our favorite. I will also miss your Penny, who greeted me with so much joy (because she knew I would give her treats).
May you rest in peace in the arms of the glorious angels who will carry you to the Lord to be reunited with passed family and friends including your Molly who you cherished so much.
You will be missed, all my love to you.

Jill Kleinhans

October 18, 2020

Oh Rita , what a special person you were. You were so happy when the photo of you and Molly was hung at the new Partridge Creek shopping center. You were a kind advocate for animals. We shared that passion. God Grant You eternal rest. I know Molly was waiting for you.

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