Rita Fahey O’Sullivan

Rita Fahey O’Sullivan

WATERTOWN — Rita Fahey O’Sullivan, 76, succumbed to her three-year battle with glioblastoma on Sunday, December 26, 2021, while surrounded by family at the River Glen Health Care Facility in Southbury.

Originally from Bronx, N.Y., Rita was a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Jandoli School of Communications, and the 1967 recipient of the Mark Hellinger Award for outstanding academic achievement in journalism.

Rita moved on to work as a journalist in New York City after graduation. It was in New York City where she met her husband of 51 years, Denis O’Sullivan. After their marriage in 1970, they relocated to Waterbury, for a short time before settling down in Watertown where they raised their four children.

Rita was the business manager for Denis’ engineering business for more than 40 years. She was lovingly referred to as the “holy woman of North Street” by her friends and family.

Rita is the lifeblood of her family and in true Rita fashion, she has left them with her own words, which she titled, “Ten True Things About Rita.” She prays, she loves her family fiercely; she is a B.I.C (Bronx Irish Catholic); she has a sense of humor; she is curious; she is a storyteller; she finds peace in the garden; singing gospel music refreshes her soul; she is a reader; she has a way with words.

Rita is survived by her husband, Denis, and their children, Brendan O’Sullivan of New York, Patrick O’Sullivan and his wife, Kelley Tiarks, of Rhode Island and Maureen Bartha and her husband, Justin, of Massachusetts; her brother, Bill Fahey of Washington and her much adored grandchildren, Rowan, Levi and Tess O’Sullivan.

Rita was predeceased by her parents, William and Rose Fahey; her son, Rory O’Sullivan, and her daughter-in-law, Denise Curci.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, December 30, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 574 Main St. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery, North Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s School, 21 Academy Hill Rd., Watertown 06795.

For additional information or to leave an online message of condolence, visit www.hickcoxfuneralhome.com.

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