Feb. 3, 1925 - Jan. 8, 2018
Services at the Kaiser Funeral Home on Whitehaven Road will be held for Rita J. DeGlopper (née Mengay).
Born in Buffalo to Henry and Barbara (Hess) Mengay, Rita graduated from Riverside High School and then married her husband of 63 years, Earl M. DeGlopper, and made Grand Island her home. She enjoyed raising their three sons, Earl (Meredith) of Fort Myers, Florida; Peter (Kimberly) of Grand Island; and Douglas (Jennifer) of Indianapolis, Indiana, before proudly serving as Grand Island's longtime town clerk. Rita's passion for her community kept her active in her church and numerous organizations including the Grand Island PTA, Grand Island Democratic Committee, St. Stephen's Alter Society, and Zonta Club.
She also delighted in being a grandma to her cherished granddaughters, Chelsea DeGlopper of Waltham, Massachusetts, and Dr. Bailey (Brandon) DeGlopper of New York City. She also enjoyed being an active St. Stephen R.C. Church member; traveling, especially winters in Florida; her uncanny luck at bingo and raffles, her frequent "lunch and a movie" with her sister/BFF Ruth, and time with family. With her passing, Rita joins her beloved husband, Earl, who predeceased her in 2015, as well as her cherished siblings, Ruth Wachowicz and Henry Mengay.
Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, followed by prayers at 11 a.m. for Earl and Rita. Memorials may be made to the DeGlopper Memorial Park Fund Expansion Committee, c/o VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY 14072.