Rita A. Dettorre Weir

January 17, 1939June 21, 2014

RITA A. WEIR (nee Dettorre), age 75, passed away peacefully June 21, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family, after a heroic 17 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Devoted wife for over 54 years of the late G. Bruce Weir. Dear daughter of both the late Marshall and Olivia Dettorre (nee Dimacchia) and daughter in-law of both the late Gamble and Margaret Weir. Loving mother of Debora L. (Gary) Warncke and Carrie B. (Daniel) Copfer. Proud grandmother of Christopher (Carolina), Matthew and Jonathan Warncke, Daniel Jr. and Amanda Copfer and great-grandmother of Ayden, Ethan and Isabella Warncke. Beloved sister of Jeanne Scallen. Loyal friend, caregiver and inspiration to many. Born on January 17, 1939 in Lorain, OH, Rita graduated from Lorain High School with the class of 1957. While working full time and raising a family, Rita earned her associate degree in Business Management from Lorain Community College. Rita worked 25 years as the administrative assistant to the district manager at Protection Mutual Insurance Company, retiring in 1999. Bruce and Rita raised their family in Fairview Park, and have resided in Westlake since 1993. Rita strongly believed in community service and was involved in several civic organizations, such as Fairview Jaycee Wives, Fairview Band Boosters, Girl Scouts, and Transplant Recipients International Organization (Trio). Family will receive friends TUESDAY, JUNE 24 FROM 4-8 P.M. AT THE CATAVOLOS-BERRY FUNERAL HOME, 23040 CENTER RIDGE RD., WESTLAKE. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 25, 10 a.m. at St. Angela Merici Church, 20970 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Burial will be at Lakewood Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Rita's name to The Johns Hopkins University, designate pancreatic cancer research, c/o Ralph H. Hruban, MD, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 401 North Broadway, Weinberg 2242, Baltimore, MD 21231-2410. For online tributes and condolences please visit


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 24, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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July 22, 2014


Our sympathy to you and your family.

Mark and Melanie Gursky (Woodbridge, VA)

Mary Fread

July 2, 2014

Rita and Bruce were two of my best friends . They were both a wonderful inspiration to all of us. I feel very fortunate to have known both of them and will miss them greatly. I am thankful for so many happy memories. May God truly bless you in your time of sorrow
Akron-Canton TRIO will never forget Rita or Bruce.

Suzanne Himes

June 27, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed by so many. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

June 27, 2014

Debbie... your family are in out thoughts and prayers. Skyles

Tara Griese

June 26, 2014

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tara & Shawn Griese

June 25, 2014

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Joe and Megan Lederman

June 25, 2014

Dear Carrie and Debbie, So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

Ray and Norma Kappel

Pat and Tim White

June 24, 2014

sincerest sympathy to all the family. Rita was a lovely caring person. Always a great friend of Trio. We will miss her smiling face.

June 24, 2014

Wonderful memories of times spent with Rita and Bruce over many years..a
great friend and a great person ...we will miss her and her beautiful smile. Jim and Nancy Marek

Mary Jane Keeler

June 23, 2014

Rita will be missed by many, a good friend , an all around wonderfulll person. There are many happy memories spent wilth Bruce and Rita. My deepest sympathy.