Rita Claire Crofton

April 24, 1930July 17, 2014
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Rita Claire Crofton, 84 of Tampa passed away July 17 2014. She is survived by her husband of 63 years Paul Crofton; their daughter Rita Crofton Fernandez; her three grandchildren Christine Avila, Sean Paul Fernandez, Brittney Fernandez; her three great grandchildren Sienna Counts, Kiara Counts and Nya Blount, all of Tampa; along with countless nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Scranton Pa and a Summer resident of Lake Winola Pa. She enjoyed a wonderful childhood with her two sisters, Eileen Selemba and Mary Matlock, whom preceded her in death. It was there at Lake Winola that she met her husband Paul. They married September 22, 1951. They had one daughter Rita. The family moved to Florida in 1971, but she always kept a part of her heart at Lake Winola.

Rita was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a caring sister. Not to leave out a loving Aunt and true friend to her many. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends for her unwavering faith in Our Lord, her sense of humor and kind and generous nature.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:30AM at Incarnation Catholic Church, 5124 Gateway Dr, Tampa, FL 33615 (corner of Webb and Hillsborough). Arrangements entrusted to Gonzalez Funeral Home (813)931-1833.


  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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July 29, 2014

Dear Paul and Family.
My sincere sympathy to you and your family on the death of your beloved Rita. I will keep you all in my prayers
With love to all Mary Loftus Murtaugh

July 27, 2014

Dear Paul, Little Rita and family,
May happy memories w.arm your heart, and caring friends surround you with comfort. Extending deep sympathy to you and your family.
Theresa and John Stacknick (Scranton, Pa./ Dunedin Fl.)

Eddie & Ginnie Drost

July 24, 2014

Dear Paul, Rita & family,
Eddie and I want to extend our deepest sympathies at the passing of Rita. She was a dear friend for the 27 years we lived next door and remained so after we moved away for the next 17 years. I will always treasure the times we had together and her wonderful sense of humor. She will be missed by many. You will all be our prayers in the days ahead and may God Bless you always.

Marie Palonis

July 24, 2014

Thinking of all the wonderful memories we have for over 60 years. Fom the time the Crofton clan was little to the present,Uncle Paul and Aunt Rita were a big part of our lives.I can still remember when you brought "Little Rita" home. (By the way we still call you little Rita). Joe and I send our heartfelt sympathies to you, Uncle Paul and Rita and to all your family. We will miss seeing Aunt Rita at Elk Lake. I know she always enjoyed a day at the lake whether it was Winola or Elk. I know my mom and dad will take care of her.

Staff of Gonzalez Funeral Home

July 23, 2014

Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the family and friends. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Tammi Randall-blackhurst

July 23, 2014

Mr Crofton, Rita, Sean Paul, Brittany,Chrissy, Nya, kiara, &Seanna. I have all of you in my prayers. Rita, how amazing you had two parents together always there for you and who were so dedicated to each other. I know she loved all of you girls and Sean Paul! What a gift. If there is anything I can do for you, please do call. Xoxo to all of you.

Celia Good

July 23, 2014

Prayers and love to Paul and little Rita and family...I miss my "big" sister every day...her beautiful smile, her laugh, her joyful personality....she may be gone from us, but we know where she is and we will see her again...God bless always...and I thank Him daily for ever bringing our families together...

July 22, 2014

Dear Mr. Crofton, Rita, and family,

Words cannot express the sorrow we feel at the loss of Mrs. Crofton. She was such a delight to be around and I will always remember her fondly...especially her sense of humor and laugh! I am sending prayers and hugs to you all during this difficult time. Deepest Sorrow, Mary, Brad, Kayla and Sarah Bakanec (Feldman)

shelby tecza

July 22, 2014

I am so sorry for the lose of your Mom.