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Rita Fay Etzl

Posted By Jackie Andrews On July 21, 2016 @ 8:56 am In Obituaries | 1 Comment

Rita Fay Etzl passed away suddenly in an automobile accident on June 15, 2016. She is survived by her husband and best friend, Michael, her beloved son, Matthew, her brother, Joseph Fachinger, her sister, Anna Jesukaitis, and her nieces and nephews. Rita was born July 3, 1950 in Louisville, KY and grew up in Lanesville, IN. She attended St. Mary’s parochial grade school in Lanesville and Providence High School in New Albany, IN. She received her BSN/RN degree from Indiana University. Rita led a full, active life and enjoyed tennis, gardening, hiking, walking her dogs, skiing, yoga, working out, and cooking. She was devoted to her parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was a soul mate, devoted mother, caring pediatric nurse, talented floral designer, and proud homemaker. Rita’s caring demeanor, her sense of humor, and her smile will be missed by all who knew her. A Visitation/Memorial will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM Friday July 29, 2016 at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020. A Private Mass is on Saturday July 30, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s name may be sent to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital at ccbd.phoenixchildrens.org. Visit http://www.hansenmortuary.com for condolences.

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Condolence from Mary Havlik on August 5th, 2016 2:35 pm

Dear Michael —

I have been out of town and just recently learned of Rita’s sudden passing. There are no words to express what a wonderful person she was and how sad I feel about it. But I was lucky to know her.

I played tennis with Rita for several years until I could no longer play. We always had a great time and I loved her, just as all who knew her did.

You may remember…several years ago, I took her to have some dental surgery and stayed with her until you came home. Even then, she was fun to be around! When I had to have cancer surgery, she went to the doctor’s with me and visited me in my recovery. She cared deeply and I was proud to have her as a friend.

I can’t imagine how difficult this has been for you. Rita always spoke highly of you and your relationship together. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Sincerely,
Mary Havlik

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