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Rita Marie Pongracz

Rita Marie Pongracz (nee Schmitz), 72, of South Amherst, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014 at New Life Hospice Residence Center, following a brief illness. Rita was born June 7, 1941 in Oberlin, where she was raised. South Amherst has been her home since 1977.

Rita was employed as a medical records supervisor for the Oberlin Clinic since 1976, retiring in 2002. Rita devoted her life to that of a wife and mother pouring her time and energy into her children and grandchildren.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 37 years, Carlos Pongracz; her sons, Darrell Thomson of Dallas, Texas, Steven Pongracz of South Amherst, Timothy Pongracz of Lakewood; her daughters Cynthia Pongracz of Wakeman, Donna (John) Jamie of South Amherst, Diane Thomson of Oberlin; her grandchildren, Trevis Pongracz and Kayla Thomson; her great grandchild, Sammy; her sisters, Dorothy Twining of Oberlin and Shirley Artwell of Wellington.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Thelma Schmitz (nee Davis).

Friends may call Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11 A.M. in the funeral home. The Reverend Matt Williams will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Additional information and online register book are available at

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