Rita Diane Herpich
January 13, 1949 – November 29, 2019
Rita passed away November 29th after a long illness. Rita was born January 13, 1949 in New York City to Beverly and Lester Smith. She graduated from Queens College and became a teacher. She moved to Houston in 1978 and taught 5th grade for Houston ISD at Greenbriar Elementary and later for the Kinkaid School. While in Houston, she met and married Charles R. Herpich and the couple had a son, Matthew Herpich, in 1984. The Herpichs moved to The Woodlands in August 1989, and Rita taught for Conroe ISD at Wilkerson Intermediate before retiring and devoting full time to her beloved art. She was a skilled watercolorist and collage maker and won many awards. Rita is survived by her husband and son, her mother Beverly of Tucson, Arizona and sister, Barbara Smith of Eastport Maine. Rita did not wish to have a funeral service and will be interred in the family plot at Forest Park, The Woodlands. Donations may be made in her name to the Watercolor Art Society-Houston, 1601 West Alabama, Houston TX 77006.