Rita U. Burgess, age 89, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Villa Angela Care Center. She was born October 19, 1927 in New Straitsville, Ohio to the late, Harry and Mary (Nelson) Douglas. Rita was a member of St. Matthias Catholic Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard; son, Rick; siblings, James Douglas and Jane Sherrard. Surviving are her son, Steven and sister, Margaret Pratt; along with many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Resurrection Cemetery in Lewis Center, Ohio. Fr. Ray Larussa, Celebrant. Entombment to follow the Mass. Arrangements entrusted to SCHOEDINGER NORTH CHAPEL, 5554 Karl Road.