RITA L. (LOMBARD) OWEN

March 13, 2023

RITA L. (LOMBARD) OWEN

Rita L. (Lombard) Owen – of Wakefield, formerly of Woburn, died peacefully March 13th at the age of eighty-five. Beloved wife of the late Henry W. “Hank” Owen Sr. Devoted mother of Mary Smith, her husband Fred of The Woodlands, TX, Bernice Garvey, her husband Jim of Meredith, NH and Henry “Hank” Owen Jr., his wife Debbie of Wakefield. Proud grandmother of Barry Mazzaglia Jr., Stacie and Beryl Smith, Taylor and Heather Owen and Maggie and Christopher Garvey. Dear sister of Helen Sherburne of Woburn, the late Patsy Lee Brien and sister-in-law, Mary Mitchell of Haverhill. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and friends. Her Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, March 24th at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to pay their respects from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, evening, March 23rd in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rita’s memory to the Henry W. Owen School c/o Shore Educational Collaborative 201 Crescent Ave Chelsea, MA 02150

Rita L. (Lombard) Owen – of Wakefield, formerly of Woburn, died peacefully March 13th at the age of eighty-five. She was the beloved wife of the late Henry W. “Hank” Owen Sr.

 Born and raised in Woburn, Rita was a daughter of the late Samuel and Teresa (Moccia) Lombard. She was a graduate of Woburn High School, class of 1954 and received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from Lowell State Teachers College in 1958.

Rita was an inspired and inspiring teacher. She taught for many years at the Veterans Memorial and Hurld Schools in Woburn, where she enriched the lives of many students throughout the years. Rita’s greatest gift was her kind and gentle way of making people feel loved and respected.

 After retirement, Rita and her husband became snowbirds and enjoyed visiting Naples in the winters. She loved the ocean and spending time on the beach. They made many longtime friends down there and loved to socialize and stay busy and active with her friends.

Rita’s life was her family. She was her children’s biggest supporter, never missing an event. As her grandchildren entered the world, her support shifted to them and no matter where their games or events were, she would travel to cheer them on.

Rita will be deeply missed and never forgotten by the ones who loved her most.

Devoted mother of Mary Smith, her husband Fred of The Woodlands, TX, Bernice Garvey, her husband Jim of Meredith, NH and Henry “Hank” Owen Jr., his wife Debbie of Wakefield. Proud grandmother of Barry Mazzaglia Jr., Stacie and Beryl Smith, Taylor and Heather Owen and Maggie and Christopher Garvey. Dear sister of Helen Sherburne of Woburn, the late Patsy Lee Brien and sister-in-law, Mary Mitchell of Haverhill. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and friends. 

Her Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, March 24th at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to pay their respects from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, evening, March 23rd in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rita’s memory to the Henry W. Owen School c/o Shore Educational Collaborative 201 Crescent Ave Chelsea, MA 02150

Her Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, March 24th at 10 a.m., in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn. Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to pay their respects from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, evening, March 23rd in the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rita’s memory to the Henry W. Owen School c/o Shore Educational Collaborative 201 Crescent Ave Chelsea, MA 02150

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  1. To Hank and Family, all my thoughts, love and prayers to you and family for our Auntie Rita.
    Gary

  2. Deborah Cammarata

    Mrs. Owen was my 3rd grade teacher at the Hurld from 1978- 1980. I had her twice as I stayed back. She took the time to teach me multiplication.

    Thank you Mrs. Owen’s for everything! You were an amazing teacher!!

    May you RIP!!!
    Deborah Melander Cammarata

  3. Hank Debbie and Family. I’m so sorry for your loss you have my sincere condolences. She is now together with Henry.

  4. I am sorry for your loss and that I won’t be able to attend Rita’s memorial.. I only visited in person a few times but she always made us feel so welcome. I know she was a treasured member of your family and left a legacy through her kind acts. I’m sure it will be a wonderful gathering, as all the Owen gatherings are. Sending you All Love and Peace

  5. Dr Robert J. Ferullo

    Sympathy and condolences to the entire Owen family. Rita was an excellent teacher. Requiescat in pace.

  6. Rosemarie Sartori

    Debbie & Family
    I am so sorry for your loss. It seems heaven has received a wonderful loving woman. RIP
    Rosemarie Sartor

  7. Debbie Tremblay

    Hank, Deb, Taylor and Heather, Sending much love and prayers to all of you. Lots of fond memories of Rita with our girls!! The Tremblay Family

  8. Marie & Paul Leuchte

    Our sincerest condolences to Bernie, Mary, Hank and your entire family.

    I have many fond memories of your Mom at the lake in the summer. She loved to sit at the beach with Helen & Patsy and all the kids! I also remember how sweet your parents were together. You could tell they adored each other.

    Rita will be missed by many.

    Marie & Paul

  9. Colleen Hennessey

    Mrs Owen was my third grade teacher at the Hurld in 1987. She was also my favorite teacher ever!. I was just telling my daughter about her the other day! Thank you for all you did for me.
    Rest in peace, Mrs. Owen.
    Colleen Hennessey

  10. Dear Helen & Family,

    I am so sorry to learn about Rita. My sincere condolences to you all.

    Marie

  11. Frank & Min Nagle

    Our sincere condolences. Lots of fond childhood memories of the Owen family. Apologies for not being able to attend.

  12. Todd, Carla, Lori, Glen and Dottie Livolsi

    To the Owen Family:

    Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of beloved “Auntie Rita”
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.

    Our Deepest Sympathies,

    The Livolsi Family

  13. Randy and Patricia Labriola

    Dear Family, so sorry we won’t be there in person, but know that Rita will always be in our memory – we love her so dear!!!

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