Former Niagara Falls resident Rita J. Milan, of the Waters of Westfield, died Saturday in St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie, Pa. after a long illness. The former junior high school home economics teacher was 86.
Mrs. Milan was born in Pittsburgh and moved to Niagara Falls in 1946. She was a graduate of Mercy College, Class of 1941, attended Cornell University, and received her master's degree from Niagara University in 1956, as well as her guidance certification.
She worked as a dietitian during the mid-1940s in Pittsburgh. After she moved to Niagara Falls, she taught home economics at LaSalle Junior High School from 1951 until her retirement in 1974.
Mrs. Milan left Niagara Falls early last year to live in Westfield.
She was a member of the College Club and the Retired Teachers of WNY. She was a 50-year member of Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church, where she belonged to the Mother's Club and the Altar and Rosary Society.
She was also a member of the John Duke Senior Center and was an avid bridge player. Her husband, Gerald T., died in 1961.
She is survived by two daughters, Maureen Carroll of Owings, Md., and Janet Callen of Fredonia; a son, Gerald T. of Orange Park, Fla.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lane Funeral Home, 8622 Buffalo Ave., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in Prince of Peace Church, 1055 Military Road. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.