Rena R. Richards

September 22, 1925December 30, 2018

Rena R. (Rubino) Richards, 93, of East Hartford passed away peacefully on December 30, 2018 at Saint Francis Hospital. Rena was the beloved wife of the late Russell W. Richards. She was born in Hartford on September 22, 1925 to the late Joseph and Eva Rubino. She leaves to mourn her passing, a son Brian Richards and his husband Kevin Kolrich of East Hartford, and her sister Valerie McTeague and her husband Jerry of Ellington. Rena also leaves many loving nieces and nephews.

Rena was a lifelong resident of East Hartford and was employed by First Federal Savings of East Harford before retiring with more than 33 years of service. She was a proud member of the East Hartford Lions Club since 2002. Rena was also involved in many local civic and charitable organizations.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters Helen Dineen, Doris Scherban, Jayne Bengtson, and a brother Thomas Rubino.

A celebration of life and burial will take place at 11:00am on Tuesday, January 8th at Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home in East Hartford, burial immediately following at Saint Mary's cemetery. Calling hours are from 4:00-7:00 on Monday, January 7th at Newkirk and Whitney, 318 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the East Hartford Lions Foundation, PO Box 380765, East Hartford, CT 06138.

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  • Calling Hours Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Funeral Home Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Larry Stenger

January 6, 2019

Rena was a great friend of my mother's Rosann Stenger. Sorry for your loss.🕯