Rita Edith Nadeau

January 16, 1947February 12, 2021

RITA E. NADEAU (McCAFFREY), age 74, passed away on February 12, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. She was born and raised in Rhode Island and was a previous resident of Texas. Rita was the first daughter of the late Francis and Edith McCaffrey; beloved wife of Richard Nadeau for 33 years; loving mother to Jeffrey (Myriam) Ahrendt of Bay Village, Ohio; Scott (Dawn) Ahrendt of St. Johns, Florida, and Randy Ahrendt of Warwick, Rhode Island. She was the adoring grandmother of Ana, John, Daniel, Maria and Matthew. Rita is also survived by her sister Kathy (Raymond) Higby; nieces Jodie, Deanna, and Kerri; and cherished great nieces and great nephews. She was also blessed with unconditional girlfriends who accompanied her throughout her life. Rita was proud of her Irish heritage and had a generous spirit; she gave with love and with her whole heart. She remembered everyone’s birthdays and loved to tell stories of her boys getting into mischief, and the silly memories they shared. From a very early age, Rita loved to read and to spend time at the library. She loved the color purple, birds, and butterflies. Her laughter and tenderness will be missed every day by those who love her. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a service celebrating her life will be scheduled in the future.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL (904) 288-0025.


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Rita Edith Nadeau

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Linda and Bob Cameron

February 23, 2021

Miss Rita ... we had many wonderful times growing up with her ... school, social, camping and other wonderful memories... Love her and miss her...
With sympathy...
Linda and Bob Cameron

Judith Beatrice

February 22, 2021

Richard and family I express my my heartfelt sympathy to you all.
I have many fond memories of gatherings with with Rita , Richard and fellow staff from Sympatico. Rita connected with our group immediately and always had a funny story or a kind word to offer. I am sure that she will be greatly missed. May all the special memories be a comfort you all

Judy Beatrice

Carolyn Sherman

February 21, 2021

Rita was always the liveliest member of our Sympatico get-togethers; full of stories, smiles and positive energy.

Cindy and Jeff Berry

February 21, 2021

So sorry to read about Rita's passing. She and Richard used to join us here in Wakefield for the Sympatico get togethers when they were in R.I. Rita was always so much fun and so optimistic particularly since we knew she had experienced many health challenges. She and Richard were a great couple and we miss them both terribly. What with the Covid-Corona virus shut down we all lost track of each other, but they both were never far from our thoughts. She lived to see her children grow up and to see her grandchildren. She and Richard were an unbeatable combination and our sincerest sympathies go out to Richard and the rest of her family. This is a terrible loss.

Kathy (Hogue) Thornton

February 21, 2021

Dear Rita was my best friend when we were in grammar school in Warwick, and you never forget your childhood friends. We lived close to each other and I spent a lot of time at her house. Her parents were good people. I have thought of Rita over the years, and always wished her well and hoped that her life was good. I can tell that it was, and am happy for that. My sincere condolences to her family and close friends. Kathy

Scott Ahrendt

February 18, 2021

Missing you already mom. You are forever in my heart. You raised us to be strong, we are trying. You were always there for us no matter what. My heart is broken but the memories of all the good you have done, and the people you helped makes me smile. Please rest easy and look down with grace upon us. I love you mom.

Sharon O'Rourke

February 18, 2021

Rita it is still hard to believe that you are gone. I will never forget all the fun we had! We laughed together, cried together and were best friends.

Love always,