Peabody — Rita G. (Belanger) Sweeney, 95, wife of the late Thomas “Bernie” Sweeney, formerly of Chandler Road, Salem, and more recently of Brooksby Village, Peabody, died on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at home. Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Rose (Voyer) Belanger. She was raised in Salem and educated at St Joseph’s Academy and the Boston Business School.
Mrs. Sweeney was employed by Sylvania on Boston Street in Salem as a secretary, until starting her family. A stay-at-home mom, she later worked part-time at Connolly’s Candies and at the Ye Olde Pepper Co. in Salem.
She was a loving wife and mother, who devoted her life to creating a home for her family. She is survived by three daughters, Patricia Morin, Mary Lou Chaurette and her husband, Charles, and Elizabeth Griffin and her husband, Terry, all of Salem; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she is predeceased by her son, James; her son-in law, Ron Morin; and her four sisters, Beatrice Barbrick, Jeannette McDermott, Jacqueline Wilson, and Irene Murphy.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Saturday, April12, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, 15 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. At her family’s request, there are no visiting hours. Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to the Brooksby Village Resident Care Fund, Brooksby Village, 100 Brooksby Village Dr., Peabody, MA 01960. For her guest book, or additional information, please call 978-744-0497, or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.