Rita Maria Denison
Rita Maria Denison, age 88, of Grayslake, passed away Monday, November 5, 2018 at Winchester House in Libertyville. She was born September 12, 1930 in the province of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy to Alberto and Francesca Cappano. The oldest of three girls, Rita grew up in the Italian countryside with her sisters, Eda and Emma. She met her husband, Malcolm, on a trip to England in 1957. They fell in love and married on March 29, 1958 without being able to speak each other’s language. Together they welcomed their only child, Maria, in 1959. Maria married Michael Kennedy and gave Rita three grandchildren, Marty (Andrea), Michelle (RJ), and Mandy (Charles). Rita had four great-grandchildren, Madelynn, Kiley, Lillyana, and Scarlett. Rita enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her great-grandchildren. She was known for her jokes and pranks. She would gladly reminisce about the mischief she had been a part of in her youth (usually she was the ringleader). Rita and Malcolm followed their daughter to the United States in 1987. Rita is preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, and sisters. She will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. Rita will be laid to rest with her husband at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. Visitation will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road in Grayslake on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. Services will be on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00am at Strang Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society. For information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org or go to our website.