OBITUARY

Rita D'arcy (nee Poplawski)

September 26, 1954June 19, 2018
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Rita Arlene D’arcy (nee Poplawski), age 63, of Valparaiso, IN entered eternal life on June 19,2018. Rita was born September 26, 1954 in Hammond, IN the daughter of Anthony and Gladys (nee Tomera) Poplawski. Rita was a loving daughter, life partner, mother, and sister. She was a beloved aunt, cousin and friend. For 30 years Rita worked as a bookkeeper downtown Chicago for 28 years at Rothschild, Barry, & Myers, LLP. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association, the Red Hat Society, and a parishioner at St. Joseph Parish in Dyer, IN. Rita had an entrepreneurial spirit and sold Longaberger Baskets, Tastefully Simple, and was a co-owner of White Oak Accessories with her daughter Brooke. She enjoyed cooking, and travelling, but most of all spending time with her family and friends. She is loved and missed by her life partner, Peter Bryczek; children, Brooke (Michael) Tarrant and Christopher (Erica) Bryczek; grandchildren, Christian Jarosak, Alexa Bryczek, and Parker and Phoenix Tarrant; sisters Sharon (Bud) Truax and Sandi Poplawski; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and great nieces and nephews. Rita is preceded by her parents Anthony and Gladys Poplawski; uncles, Joseph Tomera and Francis “Buff” Tomera; aunts, Bernie Banasiak and Lottie Kovack; and a cousin, Pat Pokrzywa. A mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 am on Monday, June 25, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 Joliet St. Dyer, IN 46311 with Fr. Ted J. Mauch officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday June 24, 2018 at CHAPEL LAWN FUNERAL HOME AND MEMORIAL GARDENS, 8178 Clline Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Church, 440 Joliet St. Dyer, IN 46311.

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  • Rita Arlene D’arcy (nee Poplawski), age 63, of Valparaiso, IN entered eternal life on June 19,2018. Rita was born September 26, 1954 in Hammond, IN the daughter of Anthony and Gladys (nee Tomera) Poplawski.
    She is loved and missed by her life partner, Peter Bryczek; children, Brooke (Michael) Tarrant and Christopher (Erica) Bryczek; grandchildren, Christian Jarosak, Alexa Bryczek, and Parker and Phoenix Tarrant; sisters Sharon (Bud) Truax and Sandi Poplawski; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and great nieces and nephews.
    Rita is preceded by her parents Anthony and Gladys Poplawski; uncles, Joseph Tomera and Francis “Buff” Tomera; aunts, Bernie Banasiak and Lottie Kovack; and a cousin, Pat Pokrzywa.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, June 24, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, June 25, 2018
REMEMBERING

Rita D'arcy (nee Poplawski)

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Mary Beth Stickney

June 21, 2018

Rita and I were close friends at GRC. Memories abound from high school - GAC, Booster Club, homecoming floats, Arnie's. I moved away from Whiting almost 40 years ago, but always looked forward to seeing Rita at class reunions. Rita was the heart of our class. Her smile and laugh was infectious. She was always there for those she loved. God's peace be with you, my dear friend.

Jill Banik

June 20, 2018

Rita and I enjoyed great times together. From being across-the-street neighbors while our children were growing up in Whiting, to taking tap and ballet lessons in our early 40's, and all the fun, laughter, joy...and sometimes tears that good friends share.
Rest in Peace, dear Rita.

Kay Stenberg

June 20, 2018

Rita was a wonderful person and a dear friend for many years. She loved life and never took it for granted. I will always remember her smile and her laugh, it was very contagious. Thanks for the memories. Until we meet again, Rest In Peace.

Peter Bryczek

June 20, 2018

Rita and I raised our kids together and have many memories. I will never forget the first dance we had. From that day forward we began a life together sharing 24 years. Brooke, you are like the daughter I never had and I will love you forever. I'll always miss mom.

Diana Sickel

June 20, 2018

I always enjoyed working with Rita. She was always perky and so friendly. When I moved to FL in 2006, she gave me a beautiful purple suncatcher which I put on my lanai. I always thought of her when I went outside to sit there. She will be sorely missed. God bless Rita!

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Biography

Rita Arlene D’arcy (nee Poplawski), age 63, of Valparaiso, IN entered eternal life on June 19,2018. Rita was born September 26, 1954 in Hammond, IN the daughter of Anthony and Gladys (nee Tomera) Poplawski.
Rita was a loving daughter, life partner, mother, and sister. She was a beloved aunt, cousin and friend. For 30 years Rita worked as a bookkeeper downtown Chicago for 28 years at Rothschild, Barry, & Myers, LLP. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association, the Red Hat Society, and a parishioner at St. Joseph Parish in Dyer, IN.
Rita had an entrepreneurial spirit and sold Longaberger Baskets, Tastefully Simple, and was a co-owner of White Oak Accessories with her daughter Brooke. She enjoyed cooking, and travelling, but most of all spending time with her family and friends.