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Rita K. Kennedy, retired registered nurse

March 6, 1926 – July 27, 2016

Rita K. Kennedy of Amherst, a retired registered nurse, died July 27 in Brookdale Williamsville Senior Living. She was 90.

Born on Staten Island, the former Rita Katherine McGivney was a graduate of Curtis High School and the Wagner College School of Nursing, where she studied in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps program. She marched with the Cadet Nurse Corps in 1945 in the New York City parade for the end of World War II.

The mother of 10, Mrs. Kennedy came to the Buffalo area in 1948 and was a registered nurse at the Batavia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the former St. Joseph’s Hospital in Cheektowaga and the former E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, where she was honored as an Employee of the Year. She retired in 1987.

She volunteered for more than 10 years at the ECMC Skilled Nursing Facility, and with Meals on Wheels in Amherst and Clarence. A parishioner at Christ the King Catholic Church in Snyder, she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

Her husband of 55 years, Paul J., died in 2004.

Survivors include four daughters, Kathleen A., Paula M. Wordon, Patricia E. Timmons and Michele M. Potter; five sons, Christopher F., Brian J., Matthew B., Thomas P. and John R.; two sisters, Bernice Bransfield and Carol Stoody; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.

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