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Rita A. (Babcock) Bernhard
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I am so sorry to hear about Rita. She was such a kind hearted, cheerful lady. For so many years she was the face of the YMCA, greeting people with a smile and personal touch. Your family was blessed to have such a great lady as your mom. My thoughts are with you.
Whit and I were sorry we couldn't be there but we were thinking of you.


Posted by: Kim whitworth - Melrose, MA - Friend   Feb 17, 2020

For so many years, Rita was such an ever constant figure in the front lobby of the YMCA. I was one of the many young mothers struggling to get my kids into the building, dealing with their dropped coats and mittens, spilled cheerios, etc. and would be met by Rita's encouraging, supportive and humorous perspective and wisdom in regard to parenting...always with a kind word and a smile! Rita, thank you for being a bright spot on those days when

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Posted by: Beth Schmitt - Melrose, MA - Friend   Feb 11, 2020

So sorry to hear of Rita's passing. She was a wonderful lady who always had a smile and a laugh at the ready. I looked forward to working with her at the Y and learned much from her. My condolences on your loss.


Posted by: Jack Marshall - Davenport, FL - Coworker   Feb 11, 2020

Rita, Tom and family, sorry to read of your mother's passing. Thinking of you all.


Posted by: Joanne Giggie Johansson - Fort Mill, SC - Family Friend   Feb 11, 2020

So sorry to hear the news. Rita was such a wonderful person who I enjoyed working with.


Posted by: Donna Parsons - Wakefield, MA - Coworker   Feb 10, 2020

Rita was a wonderful woman who sat at the front desk at the Melrose YMCA and greeted people as they entered. She was a kind and loving woman who knew everyone who walked through the door. If she didn't know them she would be so kind and inviting to new members.
My children and I have fond memories of Rita and all that she did to make our time at the YMCA enjoyable.
She was loved by all.
Rita will be missed.
Sending the family deepest sympathy.
Lovingly,
Paula Emelock and family


Posted by: Paula Emelock - Melrose, MA - Friend   Feb 10, 2020

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a great woman and I'm sure she will be greatly missed.


Posted by: Nancy Madden - Coworker   Feb 10, 2020

Jeannine and family I'm saddened to hear of your grandmother Rita's passing. May she rest In vhNIXpeace for someday, hopefully not soon, you shall meet again. Namaste


Posted by: John Cecca - Wrentham, MA - Friend   Feb 10, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. All our love to you Jim & Ruth and the entire Bernhard family. Martin & Amy Grohman


Posted by: Martin Grohman - Biddeford, ME   Feb 08, 2020

The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call on us at anytime as we are always available to you.


Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - Melrose, MA   Feb 07, 2020