, Salem, MA

August 5, 2013

Rita R. (Blanchette) LaForge L'Italien, 82

Danvers, MA — The family of Rita Rose L'Italien is sad to announce her passing after a sudden illness on August 2, 2013, in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was predeceased by her first husband, Paul J. LaForge, and her second husband, Harold L'Italien. Rita was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Eliza Blanchette (Castonguay). Rita was a lifelong resident of Danvers. She worked for over 30 years at GTE Sylvania on Sylvan Street in Danvers.

Rita's life revolved around her entire family. She enjoyed family camping trips and traveling around the country in her RV. Some of her other hobbies included square dancing with the Riverside Squares, and sewing and cooking for her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Michelle Barker and her husband, Rick, of Bradford, and Ann Marie LaForge of Salem; her sons, Ron LaForge and his wife, Pam, of Peabody, and Dan LaForge and his wife, Lisa, of Essex; her six grand-children, Shelby Barker, Dean Barker, Andrew LaForge, Stephan LaForge, David LaForge, and Victoria LaForge; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husbands and parents, Rita was preceded in death by her siblings, Camille Blanchette, Oscar Blanchette, Roger Blanchette, Larry Blanchette, Philip Blanchette, and Simone L'Italien.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation today, Monday, in the Mackey Funeral Home, 22 Conant St., Danvers, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Rita on Tuesday, at 9 a.m., in St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, Danvers. Burial to follow in St. Mary's cemetery, Salem. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. To leave a condolence, please visit