It’s A Wonderful Life
Rita Ann Dwyer, age 71, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother lived a life of caring and compassion for others before passing away peacefully at her home in Grayslake, IL February 18, 2017. Born in Hammond, IN to Anna and Hugh Lawson on September 28, 1945, Rita lived most of her life in Illinois, where she was a favorite elementary teacher who made learning fun for countless kids over the years. She began a lifelong marriage of almost 50 years to Mike Dwyer on August 12, 1967 and through the years nurtured a loving family of three children and seven grandchildren.
Rita was a warm, cheerful, and positive role model who showed those around her to always put family first, that it’s OK to break the rules every once in awhile -win or lose- as long as you have fun, and that life is filled with precious moments worth fighting for. And fight cancer she did, blessing her family and friends with much more love and much more time than any of us could have expected. We are thankful for that opportunity and hope to carry forward all that she has instilled in us, so that we too may touch the lives of everyone we encounter.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary Jane Blastic, and her niece Michaelene Blastic. Survived by her in death are her husband, Mike, her sister Norma Jean Withey, her children Robyn (Matt) Woods, Ryan Dwyer, and Krissy (Jeff) Drozd, her grandchildren Lawson, Maisy, Avalyn, Manny, Isabelle, Brody, and Ginger, her nieces and nephews Paul (Lisa) Withey, Steve (Cheryl) Withey, Mary Ann (Mike) Metry, Mike (Jennifer) Withey, Rich (Dee) Blastic, Dave (Shelly) Blastic, Michael (Alix) Coughlin, Katharine (Tony) St. Aubin, Brandon (Stephanie) Dwyer, and Lizzy Dwyer. We’ll always love you Mom! We’ll always love you Grandma! We’ll always love you Aunt Rita!
Interment and services will be held private, The Symonds Lakes Funeral Home 111 W. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 were entrusted with the arrangements, donations c/o JourneyCare Hospices https://journeycare.org/donate/ , for further funeral information please contact the funeral home 847-543-1080.