Rita Marie Valiquette, also known as Rita Conrad Valiquette, peacefully passed away on July 27, 2023, at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario. She was born on August 14, 1924, in Trout Creek, Ontario, the eldest child of Arthur Conrad and Cecilia Hummel. Rita received her education at St. Louis de France School in Chiswick for elementary school and St. Mary’s Academy in Haileybury for high school. After attending North Bay Normal School, she embarked on a teaching career, working at various schools including Glen Roberts, St. John’s, St. Algonquin, Sebastopol, D. N. D., and St. James.
In July 1946, Rita married Donald Valiquette, a D-Day Veteran. They resided in different locations throughout their marriage, including Schrieber and Sudbury, Ontario, before settling in Eganville. After Donald’s passing in 2004, Rita moved to an apartment in Eganville and later to Fairfields, a seniors’ building. Recently, she resided at Rockland Manor to be close to her immediate family. Rita actively participated in community organizations, such as the St. Anne’s School Board in Cormac and the St. James’ School Parent-Teachers’ Association. She also volunteered at the Eganville Clothing Bank and the Eganville Museum for over two decades.
Rita is survived by her children, Robert and Lynne, and her grandchildren, Jeremy Valiquette, Bryan Valiquette, Amy Jomma, Natasha Warren, Nicole Warren, and Ryerson Warren. She is also survived by her sister, Geralda Hinschberger, and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Maurice, Lloyd, Walter, Desmond, Steve, Rudolph Bessette, Garnet Valiquette, and Dan Valiquette. Rita was predeceased by her parents, her siblings, and numerous other family members. The family expresses gratitude to the staff at Fairfields and Rockland Manor for their exceptional care. Funeral arrangements will be entrusted to Zohr Family Funeral Home, with visitation on August 4 and a funeral service on August 5 at St. James the Less Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to the St. James the Less Catholic Church or the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.