Rita A. SLIVKA (nee Petras). Loving mother of James (Judy). Cherished grandmother of Theresa and Taylor. Dear sister of Lawrence (Cay), Martin (Kathy), Emery (Carole) and Paul (Margaret). Dear cousin, aunt, and friend to many. Rita was an active member of St. Columbkille Parish where she sang in the choir. She belonged to different prayer groups including Pardre Pio and Divine Will. She taught in Parma and Cleveland schools and for LifeWorks. Former Seven Hills Councilwoman, avid gardener, sewer, and player of pickleball and tennis.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL, MON. JULY 8, 1:00 PM at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. VISITATION AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD., PARMA (BETW. RIDGE AND SNOW), SUN. JULY 7, 2-6 PM. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Cleveland, 7911 Detroit Ave., Cleveland OH 44102 or; or to LifeWorks Ohio, 4429 State Road, Suite 23, Cleveland OH 44109 or To offer online condolences, please visit

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  1. Anna Sebastian on July 4th, 2019 12:18 am

    I had been praying for Rita almost every day. May Rita’s soul REST in PEACE. I offer my sincere condolences to Rita’s FAMILY and friends.

  2. Laurie Brown on July 4th, 2019 7:15 am

    We love you Rita, and will miss you. Family parties won’t be the same without you. God bless you.

  3. Cindy Orlasky on July 5th, 2019 8:14 am

    My condolences. Judy, I am glad that you were able to provide so much support during her last weeks.

  4. Cindy Orlasky on July 5th, 2019 8:16 am

    My condolences. Judy, I and glad that you were able to provide so much support and help during her last weeks.

  5. Carrie Kercel on July 5th, 2019 1:37 pm

    Rita was also a member of the Legion of Mary for many years.
    May she rest in peace in Our Blessed Mother’s arms.

  6. Elly on July 5th, 2019 9:27 pm

    Rita was the leader of St. Charles friday night prayer group. She was very spiritual and loving soul. May she rest in peace now with Jesus in eternity forever and ever. I got to attend the last mass with her at St. Columbkilles. It was an honor. I will never forget it. I will never forget our trips to Sorrowful Mother Shrine and to relics shrine in PA.

  7. Elly on July 6th, 2019 12:18 am

    Will never forget Rita came to my Father’s funeral in July 2018 last year….how ironic that God took her a year later in July 2019…her presence at my Fathers funeral meant a ton to me!!!

  8. Gayle Haase on July 8th, 2019 1:06 pm

    My sincere condolences to Rita’s family. I miss having her energy wisdom and skills at the pickleball courts in Independence. I didn’t know Rita well however she was a very strong player especially for her age group. She’s now a shining light watching over us all & I’ll always remember learning how to play the angles and placement of pickleball from Rita – she was one of my first partners & she knew her stuff! RIP Rita. Gayle

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