E. Rita Shea

February 22, 2018
Shea, E. Rita

E. Rita (Seaman) Shea, 96, of Nashua, widow of James D. Shea, passed away Thursday morning, February 22, 2018 at her home at Nashua Crossing, after a period of declining health.

Mrs. Shea was born in Nashua on December 17, 1921, a daughter of the late Ambrose and Blanche (Bonenfant) Seaman. Rita attended local schools and graduated from Nashua High School, Class of 1939. Shortly after her graduation, she worked as a civil service employee in Washington, DC during World War II from 1940 to 1945.

After returning to Nashua, Rita worked in the credit office of Nashua Corporation for a time. After raising her three children, Rita returned to the work force beginning as a Teller at the former Indian Head National Bank; then as a bookkeeper for the Malone Oil Company and later at Collins Flowers, Inc.

She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church in Nashua and was a longtime member of the Ladies Guild of St. John the Evangelist Church in Hudson. She was active with the Hudson Seniors and loved attending concerts by the Nashua Symphony. Rita especially loved spending time with her family and friends; trips to Rye Beach, NH and Disney World in Florida.

Rita and her husband “Jim” were married on October 4, 1952 and made their home on Baker Street in Hudson for a number of years. They shared 42 wonderful years together until his passing on January 16, 1995.

Members of her family include her children and their spouses, Kevin J. and Sandra Shea of Boxborough, MA, Terence M. and Diane Shea of Nashua and Kathleen A. and Albert Ahlman of Englewood, FL; two grandchildren, Amanda R. Ahlman and Benjamin J. Shea; brother-in-law, Paul Richard of Nashua; also many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband and parents, Rita was predeceased by a brother, William Seaman; and her sisters, Mildred Manoleros and Agnes Richard.

Calling hours will be held at the FARWELL FUNERAL HOME, 18 Lock Street, Nashua on Tuesday, February 27th from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Patrick Church, 29 Spring Street, Nashua, Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery in Hudson. Friends are invited to attend. Donations may be sent in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE. (603) 882-0591. www.farwellfuneralservice.com

15 Comments on E. Rita Shea

Michael Boulay said : Guest Report Mar 07, 2018 at 9:00 PM

Terry, I remember your mom as such a kind woman who was always welcoming when we were kids. Sorry for your loss. Michael Boulay

Guylaine Goulet Ostrander said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2018 at 7:32 PM

I loved making my way to her upstairs office at Collins Flowers and spending time talking with her. Then having lunch with her for years after that. My sincere condolences to all of you. Her family was her pride and joy.

Nicole Porcello said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2018 at 9:34 PM

My sincerest condolences to all of Rita's family... Rita was an incredible woman; she was funny, intelligent and wise with a warm and welcoming heart. She was an inspiration for me in the time that I knew her, so I can imagine she also was for others throughout her long lifetime. I am lucky to have met her and to have called her my friend. I'll be thinking of her and all of you during this time. Warmest regards, Nicole

Gregory Ives said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2018 at 2:38 PM

Kathy, Al & Mandie, Sorry for your entire families loss. Hold your memories close to your heart and your mom and grandmother will always be near to you.

john Watt said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Terry and family..Our condolences. She seemed like very nice lady. John Watt and Diane Berube

Dave & Barb Hochendoner said : Guest Report Feb 26, 2018 at 3:02 PM

She will be missed, she always made us laugh! Condolences to the family, love you guys!

fran and john kimball said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2018 at 9:24 PM

so sorry for your loss to terry and family. may she rest in peace

Jerry and Anne David said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2018 at 5:59 PM

Our sincerest condolences to Kathy, Al and Mandy and the entire Shea family, Rest In Peace sweet lady,💕🌺

Kathy Larivee (Curtis) said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Terry and family, so sorry for your loss. Such a sweet lady.

Paulette Combs said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2018 at 3:18 PM

Kathy and family, please accept my condolences on your family's loss. Hold the memories in your heart, they do bring peace! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Bob and Marie Augros said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2018 at 2:11 PM

Our sincere condolences to Rita's family. Bob and I brought her Communion every Sunday since her arrival at Nashua Crossing. We did not know her for very long but we enjoyed very much her cheerful and lively personality. She will be in our prayers.

Veronica Silva said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2018 at 12:34 PM

My deepest sympathy to you Kathy in the passing of your mother! My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time! May the many wonderful memories you have take away some of the pain you are feeling now! Love, Roni...

Diane and John Salter said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2018 at 9:16 AM

Kathy and Al...Sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family on the passing of your mother...sincerely Diane and John💕

Dick Soares & Sarah said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2018 at 7:51 AM

We will miss her, she was stitch always fun to be around!

Rick & Debbie Rurak, Englewood, FL said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2018 at 7:40 AM

Our sincerest condolences to Kathy, Al, Mandie, and the Shea family. May she Rest In Peace.

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