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Rita M. Petras, 81, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., following a short illness.
Rita was born May 9, 1935, in Ashtabula, Ohio, to the late Arvi and Cleda (Johnson) Nojonen. On July 12, 1958, in Athens, Ohio, she married Carl H. Petras, who predeceased her in January of 2006.
Rita graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She had taught school at the public level and privately at the St. Augustine Catholic School in Rochester.
Rita is survived by a daughter, Charlotte (Gregg) Gerber of North Jasper; a son, Edward Petras of Lebanon, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Emily, Jessica and Niklaus Gerber.
There will be no prior calling hours. A memorial service will take place at a later date to be announced at the H.P. SMITH & SON, INC. FUNERAL HOME, 29 East Main St., Canisteo, N.Y. Burial will be in Jasper Cemetery, Jasper, NY.
Memorial contributions in Rita's name may be made to either the Jasper Ambulance, P.O. Box 118, Jasper, N.Y. 14855, or to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, 8419 St. Rt. 54, Hammondsport, N.Y. 14840.
Online condolences and memories may be made through hpsmithandsonfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 10, 2017
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