Rita M. Covello

October 24, 1927February 4, 2019

Rita Marianne Covello

October 24, 1927 - February 4, 2019

Rita was born in Stockton, CA, on October 24, 1927. She entered into eternal rest on February 4, 2019.

Rita was a graduate of Linden High School. She volunteered for the Elmwood School PTA, where she later became PTA president. She then went on to work as a USDA inspector for 25 years. After her retirement, Rita spent her free time enjoying the outdoors, frequently camping and fishing with her family and friends.

She also enjoyed a variety of interests that included baking, watching sports, playing card games, and volunteering. She was an active and dedicated member of the St. Michael's Church Ladies Guild, where she previously held the offices of president and recording secretary.

Rita was the caring and loving mother to Marianne (Mimi) Hopper and her husband Ron, sons Ricky Covello, and Gary Covello and his wife, Janet. Rita was a doting grandmother of seven and a great-grandmother of six, and sister to her brother, Celestino Lorenzi. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her devoted husband of 64 years, Geno Covello Sr., son, Geno Covello Jr., parents, Amelia and Celmente Lorenzi, and sisters, Katherine Delaney and Bernice Lorenzi.

Grandma, thank you for all of your love and support you have given our family. We were so fortunate to have a Mom, Grandma, and friend like you. We will cherish all of the memories we shared with you!

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 3-6pm followed by a Rosary at 6pm at DeYoung Memorial Chapel, 601 N. California Street. The Committal service will be held privately.


  • Richard Covello
  • Gary Covello
  • Joel Covello
  • Cortney Hopper
  • Jesse Covello
  • Jacob Covello
  • Ronald Hopper, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Celestino Lorenzi, Honorary Pallbearer



  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Rosary Thursday, February 14, 2019


  • Final Resting Place

Rita M. Covello

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Allison Mello

February 8, 2019

Rita was a one-of-a-kind, bubbly, and warm woman that I came to know through my friendship with her granddaughter, Steph. My memories of holiday gatherings, yard sales, card and domino games full of laughter, jokes, and stories with Rita, Geno, and the rest of their wonderful family will always be a source of joy for me. I was so fond of Rita, she felt like the grandmother I never knew. I hope the memories of love and happiness will bring comfort to the Covello and Hopper families in the time ahead.