Rita Mathews. 94, worked for General Electric, enjoyed Luther Acres field trips

By on October 14, 2015

Lititz resident Rita Mathews, 94, passed away peacefully at Luther Acres Manor.

Rita Gudrun Erickson was born in Lynn, Mass., to Arvid J. and Alvina P. Erickson. She graduated from Lynn Classical High School and Burdett Business College and was hired by General Electric. She married Charles Mathews on May 4, 1947 in Lynn.

Charles and Rita moved to Philadelphia for work with GE, and in 1950 purchased a home in Springfield, Delaware County. They lived there for nearly 50 years, raising two daughters. Rita had many interests and activities, including music, cats, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, and Girl Scouts.

In 2000, Charles and Rita moved to Luther Acres in Lititz. She enjoyed their Acres field trips and writing group. She cared for Charles, who passed away in 2006.

Rita was predeceased by her parents: her husband; and her younger brother: Richard Nils Erickson.

She is survived by her daughters: Louise Mathews of Taylorsville, Utah; and Susan Keyser of Lititz; granddaughter: Abbey Keyser, Lititz; grandson and wife: Dr. Benjamin and Dr. Daria Keyser, D.O.; and great-granddaughter: Molly Keyser, all of Danville; and three nephews and families.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 200 W. Orange St., Lititz. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., and the service will be at 2 p.m.

Rita’s family especially thanks the nursing staff and therapy dogs in Agape Way at Luther Acres. They request that donations be made to the Luther Care “Rosie Fund,” at 600 E. Main St., Lititz PA 17543; or to the American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19145.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Inc., Lancaster.

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