Rita Blanche (Brochu) Zegeer

Born: Mon., Dec. 8, 1924
Died: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018


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Location: Private


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Rita Blanche (Brochu) Zegeer, age 93,  passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Friday, August 24th 2018, at her home in Mystic, CT.
Born in Taftville, CT on December 8, 1924 to the late Joseph and Leontine (Maurice) Brochu, Rita lived most of her childhood in Jewett City, CT with her parents and 12 older siblings all who have predeceased her.
Living her young adult years during the Depression Era, Rita went to work at age16 in the Aspinook Mill where they manufactured parachute materials to support WWII.

On April 15, 1950, she married her high school sweetheart, Ziggy (Abraham) Zegeer at St. Mary's Church in Jewett City, who predeceased her on August 29, 2009.
She excelled at making their house a home by becoming an exceptional cook, a fabulous baker and an accomplished seamstress. Rita was always happy to share those gifts with her family and friends.
In her later years, Rita became a passionate hand quilter, which would lead to her to win First Prize for her grand-daughters baby quilt in the Tops Field Fair.

Rita in addition to her domestic engineering abilities also loved to play penny poker with “the girls” on Tuesday nights.  This was a ritual that would last over 40 years.
A sense of humor does not come close to describing the “Brochu” humor that was part of her family culture and Rita made it part of her every day life.  She had a way of taking an otherwise unmemorable event and turning into a humorous one that you would not soon forget.
California was her home away from home and would winter there for several years, bringing her cooking and poker playing ability with her.
Travel in general was a big part of her life and she would light up when sharing memories of their trips abroad to England, Ireland, Italy,  Germany, Austria and the Netherlands to name a few.  

Rita is survived by her 4 daughters; Karen and James Barnum of Nipomo, CA; Arlene and Larry Raymond of Mystic, CT; Janet and Jim Palmer of Lisbon; Donna and Joe Cannatelli of West Newbury, MA, her 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, who will all feel the great loss of their mother, grandmother and great great grandmother.

Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  All services will be private at the convenience of the family.
The family wishes to thank Hospice for the excellent care that they provided to her. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Rita to Hospice of Southeastern CT 227 Dunham St, Norwich, CT 06360.
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Sharon Allen
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family. Dearly loved, Rita will be deeply missed. The precious memories shared will be the greatest of treasures. May our Heavenly Father hear the prayers of your heart and comfort you during this difficult time. Romans 8:26; Psalms 94:19. Resting peacefully, sleeping soundly, until the call to awaken is heard. Loving thoughts and prayers.

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