Rita Michalak

NEW WATERFORD–Rita Michalak, 95, a lifelong resident of New Waterford, passed away Jan. 8 at home surrounded by family.

She was born Dec. 7, 1924 in New Waterford, daughter of the late James and Anna Perry Ferris.

Rita was a 1942 graduate of New Waterford Schools, and went on later in life to earn her teaching degree from Youngstown State University. She was previously employed at Kenmar, McKelvey’s in Youngstown and was a Real Estate Broker for 40 years. She taught second grade at Joshua Dixson Elementary School in Columbiana and held various substitute positions throughout the years.

Rita is survived by one son, Brett (Pamela) Michalak of East Palestine; daughter, Cindy Gamble of Boardman; sister, Theresa Bott of Canfield; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Chester Michalak in 1984.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Linsley-Royal Funeral Home in East Palestine. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A private interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in East Palestine.