Died: March 16, 2013
A longtime Chelsea resident, she passed away on March 16th at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital following a brief illness. She was 90 years of age. Born and raised in Belgium, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria (Collard) Toussaint). She attended schools while living in Belgium. She met Walter F. Rich while he was serving in the US Army and as a war bride she came to America with her husband. They settled in Chelsea and raised their family here. A devoted wife and mother, Rita spent her time caring for her home and family. She was predeceased by her beloved husband in 1982.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway CHELSEA on Thursday, March 21st at 9:30 A.M. Followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church 59 Nichols St. Chelsea at 10:30 A.M. Services will conclude with entombment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4 - 8 P.M.
She is the wife of the late Walter F. Rich Sr. Devoted mother of Jacqueline Fazio and her husband John of Revere, Christine Fern and her husband Joseph of Chelsea and Walter F. Rich, Jr. of Randolph. Dear sister of Jacqueline Toussaint of Belgium. Also survived by her 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home.