• The Hammonton Gazette

Rita A. Christopher



Rita A. Christopher, 96, of Hammonton, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2022, at Samaritan Hospice in Mt. Holly, NJ.


Rita was born and raised in Hammonton, and in later years resided with her niece, Pam Raymond, and family in Moorestown, NJ. She graduated from Hammonton High School in 1943, and studied music at Temple University. Rita retired from New Jersey Bell Telephone in 1983, after working 37 years with the company. She was a member of Soroptimist International.


Rita had a prodigious gift for piano, and mastered an extensive range of classical works from an early age. She especially delighted in performing Italian opera for her father, who himself was musically gifted. She was known for her exquisite taste in clothing, fine cuisine, and chocolate. Most important to her was her Catholic faith. She had an unfailing devotion to the Blessed Mother and Holy Rosary, which she was prompt to offer for anyone in special need.


She is predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Lucy (née Valentino) Christopher, her siblings, Elizabeth McKillop (Mac), Domenic “Tommy” Christopher (Martha), Angie Tomasello (Anthony), Salvatore Christopher, Carmine “Anthony” Christopher (Helen), Marie Tamaccio (Anthony), and Patricia Ordille (William).


Rita is survived by her sister, Dolores Ricca (Cosimo), and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Family and friends are invited to attend visitation at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish-St Joseph Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery, 124 S. First Road, Hammonton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, 226 French Street, Hammonton, NJ 08037.


To share a condolence, please visit Marinellafuneralhome.com.


Arrangements made by the Marinella Funeral Home, Hammonton, N.J.