Rita Mask

Rita Gertrude Mask (Lepinskie)

November 15, 1928 - November 5, 2020
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Rita Gertrude Mask (nee Lepinskie)
of Killaloe, passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at Madawaska Valley Hospice, Barry’s Bay. Rita was in her 92nd year, born on November 15, 1928. Predeceased by her dearly loved husband, Louis Mask (2013), who she married on September 14, 1948 in Sacred Heart Church in Combermere. She was the much loved mother of Shirley Connolly (Tom), Marlene Sernoskie (Ron Baird), Christine "Teenie" Mask (Pat Wyse), Danny Mask (Bonnie) and Pamela Kassis (Ted). Sadly missed by her nine grandchildren: Tracy Kehoe (Troy), Sarah Shulist (Pete Gore), Joe Shulist (Heakyoung Jung), Karen Wenzel (Dustin), Jeff Connolly (Danielle Rodier), Emily and Dylan Mask, Brandon and Cameron Kassis; her great grandchildren: Craig Sernoskie (Jane), Jake, Joel and Ashley Kehoe, Eloise Shulist, William Gore, Maggie Lou Shulist, Alex and Ben Connolly and Betty Wenzel. Rita is survived by her sisters, Theresa Coulas, Ann Higgins (Frank), Lucille Lepinskie and brothers, Martin Lepinskie (Maureen) and John Lepinskie (Linda); also by her sisters-in-law, Barbara Mayville and Sally Mask and brothers-in-law, Alex Mask (Anna Mary), Edmund Mask (Rosemarie) and Jim Mask (Linda). Predeceased by her parents, Michael Lepinskie (1993) and Florence Andrecheck (1936) and step mother, Blanche Scholes (2003), her brother, Michael Lepinskie (1959), sister, Irene Shulist (2019), brothers-in-law, Tony Shulist (2014), Bob Coulas (2016), Pat Mask (2015) and Wilfred Mayville (2017). She will also be missed by many other relatives and friends.

Rita had an unassuming dignity and even though she never sought the limelight, she was her family’s shining light. She had a great love for them and they for her. Kind and gentle, with a strong faith in God and a deep spirituality, she found happiness in the simple joys of life. Rita lived a long and healthy life, fit as a fiddle from all the hard work she did on the farm – she got great satisfaction from tending her vegetable gardens, working on farm chores with Louis, keeping an immaculate house and having delicious meals for family and friends.

Rita's final care has been entrusted to Zohr Family Funeral Home, Killaloe. Due to COVID-19 concerns, there will be no funeral and a private interment held at St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Round Lake Centre. A memorial mass and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date when it is safer to do so and more of her family and friends will be able to attend. Donations in honour of her life may be made to St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation. Tributes, condolences and donations may be made online at
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    St. Casimir's Catholic Cemetery
    2624 Round Lake Road
    Round Lake Centre, Ontario K0J 2J0
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Brigid Hayes

Posted at 09:30am
Dear Marlene and family. Sad to hear of your mother's passing, she was an important part of your life. May your memories sustain you through this difficult time. Brigid

Theresa Prince

Posted at 10:54pm
Prayers of comfort and peace to Rita's family.

Lorraine Coulter

Posted at 10:53am
It is hard to find words when someone of Rita’s stature passes. Fond memories, too many to mention, over the years at the farm and as recent as the Beef Bash two years ago......Rita was the consummate lady; ever gracious. Precious moments are worth treasuring......and you will have many. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

Lorraine Coulter Posted at 10:56am

Thoughts and prayers from all of us..... Craig & Lorraine (Hudder) Coulter and Doris Hudder

MV Hospice

Posted at 09:30am
To all who loved Rita,
Our deepest sympathy on your loss of a special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
The MV Hospice Team

Linda Shulist

Posted at 08:48am
To family and friends of Rita, so very sorry for your loss. xo

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