Rita F. Etter

August 29, 1929April 29, 2019

Rita (Schad) Etter, 89, of Masonic Village, Sewickley, formerly of Emsworth, passed away on Monday, April 29. She was a wonderful, loving wife and mother…a kind, beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Rita was a voracious reader. She truly enjoyed birds, flowers, building puzzles, and playing games like Tripoley and mostly WORDS WITH FRIENDS!

She is survived by her children: Gary (Nancy) of Hartland, WI; Greg of Athens, Greece; Glenn (Suzan) of Franklin Park; Gail of Pittsburgh; Genie (Bruce) Gardner of Indianapolis, IN; Gordon (Kristine) of Franklin, TN; and Gretchen of Emsworth. Mee-Maw adored her children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Elva Scherling and Thelma Lehmeier; in-laws, Jerry Etter, Veronica Schad; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, with whom she enjoyed 54 years of marriage, as well as her brothers, Charlie and Paul.

No visitation. Family and friends please join us for a Mass and a Celebration of Life at Masonic Village on Friday, May 3, @ 11:00AM. 1000 Masonic Dr., Sewickley, PA 15143.

Memorials in Rita’s name may be sent to either Brother’s Brother Foundation, 1200 Galveston Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233 / or Doctors Without Borders USA, PO Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741 / Arrangements are under the direction of the Orion. C. Pinkerton Funeral Home, Inc., 1014 California Ave. Avalon, PA(412-766-5600)


  • Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life Friday, May 3, 2019


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Mary Cavolo (Ward)

May 2, 2019

Memories of Mrs. Etter,
Our neighbor, Genie's Mom....
She walked in quiet dignity.
A strong and self assured woman.
It always struck me while growing up; your Mom was not afraid to make decisions on her own and carry through. Your Dad always had her back. Together the two of them always displayed a united front while raising six children.
Mrs. Etter always had stylish outfits and hats in church at Easter and dressed her daughters with style as well. That sewing machine was always buzzing.
Mrs. Etter singing in the choir at Sacred Heart Church.
Helping my daughter check out books at the Library.
Cleaning out the boat in the driveway on Monday after a weekend on the water.
Several times while walking past 179 North Avenue Mrs. Etter would call me up on to the porch with her. She would lay her book aside and we would catch up on each others lives.
Always interested in how my daughter was doing, what am I doing now, where am I living.....just sharing live experiences with undivided attention.
Mrs. Etter will be missed.
I have many fond memories of hanging out at 179 North Avenue and your Mother.
One of the great ladies of North Avenue.
To Genie and all of the Mrs. Etter children you know your Mother was a special lady.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary Cavolo (Ward)