Rita Theresa Gearing, age 91, of Liberty Borough passed away on March 28, 2016, with her loving family by her side, at Senior Care Plaza. Born September 29, 1924, in Ford City, she was daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Petrovsky) Hribik and the loving wife of Herman William Gearing, Jr. Rita dedicated her life to caring for her family. She was a member of the St. Mark Parish, where she actively participated as a member of Christian Mothers as well as the Ladies of Charity. She made friends wherever she went and will be remembered for her cheerful disposition and generosity.
Rita is survived by her children, Patricia (Bill) Wensyel of South Fayette, Herman (Alison) Gearing of Smithton, Rita (Loren) Winslow of McKeesport and Susan (Chuck) Readel of Versailles Borough; nine grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; siblings, Ann Gurski of Ford City, Frank Hribik of Meadville and Lou Hribik of Holiday Park.
In addition to her parents and husband, Rita was preceded in death by siblings, Mary Prazenica and Joseph Hribik; a grandson, Dominic Michael Campano.
Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mark Parish, Liberty Borough, on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 11 a.m. Committal will follow in Jefferson Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, (AFSP) 120 Wall St., 29th Floor, New York, NY 10005, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Senior Care Plaza in McKeesport for the loving care they provided for Rita during these last few years and the support they provided for the family during her last few days. They would also like to thank the staff of Three Rivers Hospice for their compassionate care of Rita and support provided our family during these last few difficult days.
Originally published March 30, 2016.