September 14, 1929 – January 1, 2020
of Swampscott passed away peacefully on January 1, 2020. Rita was born in Lynn in September of 1929 and had just turned 90. She graduated from Lynn English High School and Hobart and William Smith in New York, and later received certification in library science. Alongside her beloved husband Alvin Fagan, she worked diligently for the family business, Suffolk Upholstering of Lynn, as the bookkeeper, and later loved being the founder of her own successful business, The Sophisticated Shopper, where she sold dishes, silver, and giftware and had a bridal registry. Rita and Alvin were lifelong members of Temple Sinai in Marblehead. She loved doing needlepoint, socializing, entertaining, traveling, and attending theater, opera, and other cultural events in both Boston and New York City. She was an avid reader and loved doing the New York Times crossword puzzles. She was gracious to newcomers at the temple and a magnificent hostess. Rita was the beloved wife of Alvin Fagan of Swampscott. She was the daughter of Mollie Pruss and Albert Singer of Lynn. She leaves her children Joanne Fagan (Ron Alexander) of Montrose, Colorado, and Mark Fagan (Janet Zerlin Fagan) of Newton as well as her grandchildren Miriam Fagan of Mill Valley, CA, and Abigail Fagan of Brooklyn, New York. Rita was the beloved sister of Bernie Singer and his wife Marilyn, currently of Bal Harbor, Florida, and the proud aunt of David Singer (Sharon Glazer) and the great aunt of Sabrina Singer and her brother Douglas.
Rita’s family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to Rita’s caregiver, Gina Subero and her husband Rafael, who cared for Rita lovingly for so many years until the end.
The funeral service will be held at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem on Friday, January 3, 2020. Relatives and friends will be received from 9:30 until 10:30 AM followed by a service in the chapel at 10:30 AM. Interment will follow in Framingham Natick Hebrew Cemetery. Shiva will be observed on Saturday, January 4th from 5:30 until 8:30 PM and then on Sunday, January 5th from 10 AM until 2 PM at the home of Mark and Janet Fagan, Newton Highlands.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Temple Sinai of Marblehead, 1 Community Rd., Marblehead, (http://www.templesinaiweb.org/) or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 (www.alz.org) For more information or to register in the online guestbook, please visit www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com .
- Chapel Funeral Service Friday, January 3, 2020
- Interment Friday, January 3, 2020
- Shiva Observance Saturday, January 4, 2020
- Shiva Observance Sunday, January 5, 2020
Evan & Charlotte Reader
January 4, 2020
Our deepest condolences to my cousins.... the Fagan family. Rita will always have a place in my memory as a beautiful, vibrant and gracious woman. Though we've shared only brief but wonderful moments together these past many years, you will always remain in our thoughts. Lovingly, Evan (Alan Goldstein) and Charlotte Reader
January 3, 2020
Beautiful memorial today for dear Rita. She was loved by all and it showed.
Barbara Feldman Burnstine
January 2, 2020
It is with fond memories I send condolences to my cousin Al and the family of my lovely dear cousin Rita.
Truly the consummate hostess and warmest special lady. Loved her smile and
will cherish the time I spent in her company. Sweet Rita RIP.
January 2, 2020
To Alvin and Family, so sorry to hear of Rita's passing, she is now at peace. Unfortunately I cannot attend her funeral services, since I have a Symphony concert to attend the same day. As Alvin knows and loved it too. My condolences to the whole family.
January 1, 2020
Our hearts will forever miss you & our home will never be the same without you.
W/ lots of Love Aamir & Arlene Subero ❤️
January 1, 2020
I will always love and miss you. It’s been a pleasure being by your side all these years. Hugs & kisses until we meet again ❤️