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Mother of Mary Samberg ’64 and Karen ’68 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 20, 2012

  • “My thoughts and prayers are with your family.”
    – Creighton Wack

SAMBERG Rita Joan (Zieman) Rita Joan (Zieman) Samberg, 88, passed away on June 13, 2012 at Kingston Residence in Perrysburg, Ohio. She was born on December 10, 1923 in Perrysburg, Ohio. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Harold; children, Mary (Robert) Miller, Karen Malcolm, John (Sue) Samberg, Fred Samberg and Peter (Penni) Samberg; sister, Marcia (John) Harpen; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Her friendship with Harold Samberg began in fourth grade at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary School and continued on through high school. Rita attended Central Catholic High School, graduating in 1941. Shortly after the high school years, her future husband enlisted in the United States Air Force and soon left for active duty as a pilot. Shot down and taken prisoner, Rita waited patiently for news of his well-being and eventual return in 1945. Rita is best known for her volunteer work with the St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Altar-Rosary Society and Funeral Choir, Co-Chair of CCHS Class of ’41 Reunion, St. Vincent Hospital, The Toledo Lucas County Library and McAuley High School. Rita and Harold enjoyed many vacations at their home on Lake Emma Michigan. She was always ready to participate in activities suggested by her children and grandchildren and she enjoyed playing bridge and an occasional trip with her girlfriends. Rita will always be remembered for her pleasant, sunny disposition and devotion to her family. It was her family’s privilege to have her as our wife, mother and grandmother and we will miss her more than we can say. The Family would like to thank the Staff at Kingston of Perrysburg for their special care for Rita. Friends may visit the Newcomer Funeral Home on Heatherdowns Blvd. from 2-8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012 with a Rosary Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church. Prayers at the funeral home will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s memory are asked to be made to theAlzheimer’s Association of Toledo, 2500 N. Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH 43615. To leave condolences for the Samberg Family, please visit:

Published in Toledo Blade on June 14, 2012

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