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Rita Woodman Heerter

November 2, 1940 — February 12, 2024


Rita Woodman Heerter, a loving and kind Catholic woman, passed away on February 12, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Born on November 2, 1940, in Sommerville, Massachusetts, Rita lived a life filled with love and devotion to her family.

Rita had a passion for cooking and baking, always delighting her family with delicious meals and treats. She found joy in preparing meals for her loved ones and cherished the large family gatherings that brought everyone together. Family was of utmost importance to Rita, and she treasured every moment spent with them.

In her leisure time, Rita enjoyed crocheting beautiful pieces and spending time at the casino. She had a competitive spirit and loved engaging in board games and poker with her family. However, one thing everyone knew was that they had to be quiet during her favorite TV show, Jeopardy! Rita was an avid reader and always had a book in her hands. She also found pleasure on sunny days in car rides and she enjoyed watching the birds. 

After attaining an associate's degree from Fisher Junior College , Rita pursued a career as a bookkeeper for many small businesses over the course of several years. Her dedication and attention to detail made her a trusted professional in her field. Throughout her career, she helped numerous businesses navigate financial challenges and ensured their success.

Rita will be deeply missed by her children: James Woodman and his children Matthew and Maia; Mary Woodman and her children Kammie and Robbie; John Woodman and his wife Colleen and their children Gloria, Conrad, and Justine; Penny Walsh and her children Michael and Charlie, alongside their father Peter Walsh; Daniel Woodman and his wife Marie  and their children Ethan, Cammie, and Kyle; Paul Woodman and his wife Cyndi and their children Kayla and Tracy. Additionally, she leaves behind many great-grandchildren who will forever hold a special place in their hearts for their beloved nanny. She will be missed by her beloved cats, Baby and Tiger. 

Rita’s presence brought warmth and love into the lives of all who knew her. Her kindness, generosity, and unwavering faith will serve as an enduring legacy for future generations. While we mourn her loss, let us also celebrate the beautiful life she lived and cherish the memories we shared with her. Rita will forever remain in our hearts as a shining example of love and devotion to family.

A Memorial Mass will be held in the spring in Holy Cross Church, Colchester on May 11, 20224 beginning at 11AM and burial in Resurrection Park, South Burlington will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Bayada Hospice 354 Mountain View Drive, Suite 305 Colchester, VT 05446

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Following the funeral Mass, burial will take place privately.

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