Rita M. Wood

October 16, 1922November 15, 2012
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Rita M. (McGowan) Wood, 90, of South Windsor, formerly of East Hartford, died November 15, 2012, with her children by her side. She was born in Hartford, a daughter of the late Richard and Lucy (Buckley) McGowan. Rita was a communicant of St. Mary's Church in East Hartford, for most of her life. She began her career as a Service Representative at SNET and retired from Bank of America. She was predeceased by her husband William E. Wood Jr. in 2004. She is survived by her daughter Tish O'Brien and her husband Bill of South Windsor, and her son Rick Wood of Manchester; she also leaves five grandchildren Brian, Kyle, and Cory Wood and Kevin and Meghan O'Brien; two great-grandchildren Kylah and Kinsley Wood; her niece Kathleen Pontes and her husband Dennis; and her cousin Jack Little. An eternal optimist, Rita lived a full life with a passion for reading and a razor-sharp memory. Funeral services will be Monday at 9AM from the Benjamin J. Callahan Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Ave., East Hartford, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 673 Ellington Rd. in South Windsor. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in East Hartford. Visiting hours are Sunday from 3-6 p.m. For more information, to order flowers or to leave an online condolence, please visit


  • Visitation Sunday, November 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 19, 2012

Rita M. Wood

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Beth Bockus

November 23, 2012

Mr Wood,I am very sorry for your loss.My condolences.May you find peace through all the memories you have shared.

Lisa Guerard Cugini

November 19, 2012

Tish and Rick, I am very sorry about your mom. I remember her fondly as someone who always welcomed your friends into her home. She lived a long life and I know you will be comforted by all the good memories. Take care.

Vicki Griffin

November 19, 2012

Rick, I'm so sorry about your mom. Thinking of you and wishing you the best during this time.

Thaddeus Scott

November 19, 2012

I'm very sorry for your loss, Rick.

Chris Sparks

November 19, 2012

Rick, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Paul Apostalon

November 17, 2012

Sorry to hear about your Mom Rick. It sounds like she lived a very long and full life

Paul Apostalon

November 17, 2012

So sorry to hear about your mom Rick, she was obviously a great woman who lived a very full life.

Jenny Jepsen

November 17, 2012

Rick, I am so sorry for your loss. We all send you our best wishes.

November 16, 2012

Tish and Rick and families - My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May your wonderful memories sustain during this time.

Donna Maroon Chamberlain