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Rita J. Sabella

Born: Wed., Mar. 5, 1947
Died: Sun., Aug. 15, 2021

Family to do services at later date

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Rita J. Sabella, 74, of Tidioute, and formerly of Youngsville who passed away Sunday morning, August 15, 2021 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie after a brief illness.   Born on March 5, 1947 in Tidioute, she was the  daughter of the late Robert and Lucille Barton Sutton.  Rita was a graduate of the Class of 1965 of Tidioute High School.  She went to  Hamot Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1968.  She began her nursing career with the former New Process Company, now Blair Corporation, retiring from Blair after 31 years of service in 2006 as Insurance Compensation Benefit Manager.

Rita will be remembered by her two surviving sons and their wives, Michael J. (Crystal) Heenan  and Andrew R. (Bobbie) Heenan, both of Tidioute; five grandchildren, Kent Heenan,  Owen Heenan,  Andrew Heenan, Jr., Kasey Heenan and Gus Heenan; four siblings, Sharon Bailey of Meadville, PA, James (Rhea) Sutton of Sheffield, Dena (Curt) Bowley of Barnes, PA, and Jay Sutton of Tidioute;   several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her puppy, Meko.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her dogs, (her girls) Lady and Meitu.  She was an avid animal lover and those wishing to make a memorial in her memory may do so to Warren County Humane Society Paws Along The River.

At Rita’s request, no public services will be held.  The family will have a private gathering at a later time.  McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc., 54 W. Main St., Youngsville, PA have been entrusted with all arrangements.  Expressions of sympathy may be left by visiting www.mckinneyfuneral.com


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Alan & Patricia McCullough
   Posted Tue August 17, 2021
Mike & Andy: Please accept our sympathies at this time! I met your mother a couple of times in the past. She always very kind to me!

Linda L Shields
   Posted Wed August 18, 2021
Mike, Andy and families & Jay and family I am sorry for your loss. Rita was a kind and sweet lady of whom I had many wonderful conversations with.

Jim and Diane
   Posted Wed August 18, 2021
Our dear friend Rita: We will miss you forever. Camp won't be the same without you hanging out with us.
Mike and Andy and Family:
Our thoughts are with you. God Bless

Monica A Morgan
   Posted Wed August 18, 2021
Andy & Mike,

I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts are with you and your families at this time.

Christy Valentine
   Posted Wed August 18, 2021
Rita was a lovely, kind lady, whom I always enjoyed chatting with about online shopping and dogs! She loved her family and always spoke about her grandchildren with me while sipping a margarita! My condolences to her whole family. She will be greatly missed!

Autumn Martin
   Posted Wed August 18, 2021
Mike & Andy and family just wanted to reach out and let you know that you have my heartfelt condolences during this time.

Frank & Sher Wilcox
   Posted Wed August 18, 2021
We will miss her smile and humor. Lots of fun at the Corral Inn. A great lady.

Randy & Jill Sharp
   Posted Thu August 19, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry for your loss.

Sue and Joe Pillar
   Posted Thu August 19, 2021
Our condolences are sent to Rita's family. She was a great gal. She leaves us with many happy times and memories.

Bonnie and Dave Miller
   Posted Fri August 20, 2021
To all of Rita's family,

I was saddened to hear of Rita's passing. As a cousin, I remember many fun times of staying with Aunt Lucille and Uncle Bob, and at that time Rita, Sharon, and Jimmy. My visits to family in Tidioute are some of my best memories. May God hold all of you close and grant you serenity and peace.

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