Rita Boyle Huggler

April 2, 1947April 4, 2021

Rita Boyle Huggler, 74, beloved wife of James W. Huggler, Sr. of Houston, Texas passed away suddenly on April 4, 2021. Rita was born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania in 1947. She graduated from Marian Catholic High School in Hometown, Pennsylvania in 1965 and attended Alvernia College in Reading, Pennsylvania. She often spoke with her friends from school even though she moved several times during her life, each time farther from Pennsylvania.

Rita married the love of her life, Jim, almost fifty-two years ago. They had a huge celebration for their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2019. Jim and Rita have two children (and three grandchildren). Rita was busy with running the household, since Jim traveled two-three weeks each month during his career as a Human Resources Executive. When Jim retired in 2009, they moved back to Texas and spent the first year they were in Texas remodeling their house. They loved going to Auctions, and they collected Asian art pieces.

Rita had a career as a Blood Donor Recruiter for The Methodist Hospital, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and The American Red Cross. Prior to that she worked in radio as an Advertising Salesperson and Continuity Director.

Rita was a Member and an Officer for both the Northwest Forest Republican Women and Bluebonnet Poodle Clubs. She had a passion for Politics and Poodles. She loved to attend Public Meetings, be it the local Water Board or as a regular at the Harris County Commissioner’s Court, serving as a Watchdog. Everywhere they lived, Rita was an active member of her Community. She volunteered for Northwest Assistance Ministries in Northwest Houston for a number of years, prior to Jim’s transfer to his corporate headquarters in 2005. Rita served on the Concerned Citizens Council and as a PTA Council President for twenty-two schools when they lived in Indiana.

Rita was a very devoted Nana who was involved in the lives of her grandchildren. She attended graduations, orchestra concerts and Boy Scout Ceremonies. Rita also spoke regularly with her grandchildren via phone or text message.

Rita is survived by her husband, James W. Huggler, Sr., Son James W. Huggler, Jr., his wife Valerie Huggler, Granddaughters Victoria and Elizabeth Huggler, Daughter Tiffany L. Schaupp, Grandson Christopher M. Schaupp and Brother Joseph J. Boyle of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by many cousins. Rita is joining her parents, Joseph L. Boyle and Rita S. Boyle, who passed away a number of years ago. Special thanks to her lifelong friends. Please keep Rita’s Family in your thoughts and prayers. Donations may be made as a Tribute to Rita Huggler for Camp Hope:

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 1:00pm at Brookside Funeral Home, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068.


15 May

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Brookside Funeral Home - Champions

3410 Cypress Creek Parkway
Houston, TX 77068

All Guest Must Wear Face Masks and Practice Social Distancing
15 May


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Brookside Funeral Home - Champions

3410 Cypress Creek Parkway
Houston, TX 77068

All Guest Must Wear Face Masks and Practice Social Distancing


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Roberta Lupa

May 6, 2021

Jim and family,

I will dearly miss Rita, her enthusiasm, her political knowhow and working with her at the precinct . Her chicken salad she served her workers was so delicious.

I know it will be difficult for you and your family to carry on without her but she would want you to live your life to the fullest and continue her fight for accountability from our political leaders.

Take care.


May 2, 2021

Tammy and I moved to Houston in August 2015. We bought the house next door to Jim and Rita. The first day we arrive Rita came over and brought us a list of vendor names and phones. This was like no other list I have ever received before. From a list of hairdressers, driver’s license place, grocery store etc… very thorough! We lived next door for the next 3 1/2 years and we were very blessed to have known her and Jim. Best couple/ neighbors/ friends that we could’ve asked for. Even after we moved, we still kept in touch. You will be missed greatly by all! God bless !

Marlene Isbell

April 27, 2021


PeggyKay Karper

April 16, 2021

Rita was not only my boss when I was one of her Mothers caregivers , we became very close friends and I remember all our talks when she was up to visit her Mom and our many phone calls and emails throughout the years since her mother’s passing , I will truly miss Rita , my thoughts and prayers are with her husband Jim , children Tiffany and Jim Jr and their children. May God be with y’all at this sad time

Marcia Heinrichs

April 13, 2021

Jim, I am so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. I did not know her but feel a little kinship with her since we lived in Scranton, PA (near Wilkes-Barre) for many years. She sounds like a very remarkable lady. My sincere condolences to you and all your family.

Patricia Marshall

April 12, 2021

Jim, I am so sorry for your loss😔. Sympathy and prayers for you and your family❤️.
Patty Laubscher Marshall

marie Beach

April 12, 2021

Dear Jim,

So sorry for your loss. Please pass my condolences on to your family and friends.

Marie Genger Beach

Maryanne Hydro

April 11, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Jim and the Huggler and Boyle families at this sad time. Rita and I were lifetime friends. We shared so many fun times, “growing up times”, memories and the laughter and at times, the tears that accompanied them. Fly high with the angels, Rita, until we meet again..

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is they can grow separately without growing apart. ( Author Unknown ).

Beverly Johnson

April 10, 2021

Rita will be missed by so many who knew her and respected her for all she did tirelessly for so many people and organizations. My sincere condolences to her family.