Rita Ravenna, memorial service for family & close friends Aug. 8th

Rita Jean (Supercynski) Ravenna was truly one of God’s most amazing creations. She was blessed with so much: intelligence, creativity, athleticism, beauty, courage, strength, and compassion. The loss of Rita is not only a loss to her family and friends, but to the whole human race.  Prior to her short but intense battle with cancer, she had not been sick a day in her life. She passed away peacefully August 3rd, 2014, with her husband, children, and sisters by her side.

Rita was born on June 7th, 1961, in Wakefield, Michigan to Charles and Abigail (Sendek) Supercynski. She grew up in Ironwood, Michigan, attended Gogebic Community College, and attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at Michigan Technological University. A

few years after graduation, she earned her Professional Engineering license and worked for a number of years in her field. She was a wonderful wife to John for nearly 30 years and a proud doting mother to Nicholas (29) and Maggie (27).  Rita and her family called many places home. They lived in Livonia, Michigan; Hudson, Ohio; Zurich, Switzerland; and Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Rita was the biggest fan of “Team Ravenna”. She spent countless hours driving, watching, and supporting John, Maggie and Nicholas compete in various sporting events and recreational activities. She loved hiking, running, and skiing. Playing basketball was a passion for her entire life and she was notorious for her free throws.  She was crazy about March-Madness, the World Cup, the Olympics, and Grand Slam Tennis. She enjoyed her pets, gardening, traveling, creating mosaics, baking the world’s best chocolate chip cookies, good wine, excellent food, and interesting conversation.

Children loved Rita and she loved them. Her favorite jobs were working at Zurich International School and Ridgefield Academy because she thrived and loved the energy of young people. Rita felt that every child should have access to the best education.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a scholarship fund in Rita’s honor for underprivileged children at Ridgefield Academy, 223 W. Mountain Rd., Ridgefield, CT, 06877.

Friends and family are also welcome to join or support “Team Rita” on September 6, 2014 as part of the “Closer to Free” bike ride fundraiser for the Smilow Cancer Hospital. Please visit www.rideclosertofree.org for more information.

A memorial service for family and close friends will be held at the Kane Funeral Home; 25 Catoonah Street in Ridgefield, Connecticut on Friday, August 8th at 10:00 a.m.

Rita loved her life and wanted us to continue her legacy by making the most every day and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us. A celebration of her life will be held on June 7th, 2015, which would have been her 54th birthday. She is loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

—by the family