Rita Ella Phoenix

April 27, 1922November 16, 2018

Phoenix- Rita Ella (Jarvis) Phoenix 96, 0f Norwich died Friday 11/16/18 at Backus Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born in Norwich daughter of the late Henry and Nora (Brown) Jarvis. She was the widow of William H. Phoenix Jr. and was also predeceased by her daughter Shirley Phoenix. Rita was employed at Reid and Hughes for many years as a clerk. She was a member of the Norwich Senior Center, and a member of the Norwich Ten Pin Senior League. Upon retiring she put her bowling skills to use playing Wii Bowling at Hamilton Park Appartments, with her friends. She was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in WWII. She is survived by 3 daughters Patricia McCarthy and her husband the late John McCarthy of Oakdale, Linda Carey and her husband Patrick of New Hampshire, and Marianne Malafronte and her husband John of Norwich. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Tuesday Nov. 20, 2018 8:30-9:45 a.m. at the Labenski Funeral Home 107 Boswell Avenue Norwich followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral Norwich. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery Norwich. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in her name may be made to St. Patrick School 211 Broadway Norwich Ct. 06360. Please visit to leave an online tribute or condolence.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Rita Ella Phoenix

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